How long before planting an area that's had chickens ranging it?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ChickenInTheFog, Jan 16, 2015.

  1. ChickenInTheFog

    ChickenInTheFog Hatching

    Jul 28, 2014
    Port Orchard, WA
    I was planning for a future rotational pasture system that includes veggie gardens, chicken pasture, cover crop, and rest period. If I mulched an area that's had chickens on it all summer with leaves and waited over winter, would that be long enough for the manure to decompose into the soil completely?
  2. Free Feather

    Free Feather Songster

    I would like to know as well. I plan on a chicken garden, in the runs.
  3. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Enabler

    Mar 9, 2014
    Northern Colorado
    I have used the hen house bedding on my garden and as long as I stopped adding in the early fall it seemed to decompose nicely. I did till it in before shutting down for the winter. My ground was unworkable so I had no garden for one summer. I would clean out the coop and spread the poo and shavings on the garden area.
    I did it as an experiment since my ground is so very hard. It seems to have helped my soil a lot.

    Leaves are an excellent additive for the soil. You can also plant a lot of peas and then till them in before planting your veggie garden. They make more nitrogen then they use.

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