Gardeners: chicken poop tea?

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by maizey, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. maizey

    maizey Chillin' With My Peeps

    I know you can make worm casting tea for a great fertilizer but could you do something similar with chicken poop? I was thinking of putting a couple of scoops of fresh poo into a large watering can, filling it with water and letting it sit for a few days and then pouring it on. I know composted chicken poo is great, but I'm impatient. This is my first spring with chickens and I've just started a compost heap and its nowhere near ready to use. I need fertilizer now! thoughts on this idea anyone?
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Glad you asked this. I've been putting a few scoops of fresh poop in a 5 gallon bucket, half filling it with water, letting it sit in the sun for a few days, and then pouring some near bushes -- and wondering whether I'm doing it the best way.

    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 26, 2011
  3. maizey

    maizey Chillin' With My Peeps

    How are the bushes? Better, worse or too soon to tell?
  4. danielle82

    danielle82 A Good Egg

    Apr 27, 2009
    Tonasket Wa
    Ive always been told chicken poop is too "hot" and needs to be fully composted, from what I hear the best poop for poop tea is bunny poop (I need to work on my husband in that area...getting some bunnies haha)
  5. Lesa

    Lesa Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2008
    Upstate NY
    No need to make tea out of bunny poop. It is not hot, and can be directly applied to your garden. I think your idea of making the tea is fine. I just wouldn't put it directly on young seedlings. Would be a great way to "side" dress already established plants.
  6. little_chick

    little_chick Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 18, 2011
    Quote:I'm trying to score some bunnies for the kids for Easter..You just gave me some leverage...We ALL want an AWESOME garden this year ..Right?!!
  7. maizey

    maizey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Seedlings is just what I want it for..I wonder if I could make a weak tea?

    No way hubby is going to go for bunnies..Im in enough trouble as it is [​IMG]
  8. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 2, 2009
    Sunny side up :)
    Yes you need bunnies:) I built some vermicompost bins underneath the rabbit cages so I can use thier poop for worm composting and I also use the poop straight in the garden. Chicken poop, I compost first before applying it to the plants or it will burn them.
  9. theghostandmrchicken

    theghostandmrchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2011
    Go ahead and directly place the chicken poop in your garden(around your plants not on them)...
    However be carefull not to "burn" (like an acidic burn) your plants with excessive amounts of nitrogen (chicken poop).

    Once applied water your garden so then a small amount of your chicken "stuff" will be turned into a "tea" (like you said above).
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2011
  10. Tinkspirit70

    Tinkspirit70 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 27, 2010
    Central Fla
    I put some poo in a pillow case ( I'd say I fill it up about a 1/3 of the way) then I place it in a 5gal bucket and fill up with water, I let it sit in the sun for about 5-7 days stirring it once a day, then I pour the tea into a 32 gal trashcan and I fill that up with water and I put the lid on. :eek:) It sits in the corner of my garden and my plants are thriving. I use it about once a week and so far so good.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by