How to collect poo for fertilizer?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by j'schicks, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. j'schicks

    j'schicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Is there an ideal bedding to use if I want to collect the chick's poo for fertilizer? How do you go about collecting it? Thanks!
     
  2. newchicksnducks

    newchicksnducks Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use deep litter method in the coop, with a droppings board beneath the roost. I just scrape the droppings board with a wide paint scraper/drywall knife every few days and place it into a 5 gallon bucket, which is then emptied into the compost bin. Twice a year the bedding in the deep litter area is taken out and disposed of. It can be composted, but the last time it was spread out in the run.
     
  3. rolffamily

    rolffamily Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does the board poo freeze tight in winter?
     
  4. Casamommy

    Casamommy New Egg

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    I compost my chicken poo along with my cow manure pile and rabbit poo (all mixed with hay or wood chips). I wonder if that is going to be a bad mix for the garden? We use a combined method of collecting our poo but mostly we shovel out our coop once a week or so in the warmer months and are now starting to deep bed for Fall and Winter.
     
  5. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use the Deep litter method in my Coop, no dropping board---don't see why anyone would use a dropping board. I only need to clean out the deep litter/poo compost in the spring when I want it for the garden. I then add lawnmower clippings, pine cones, needles, etc all summer long to build it back up. If I didn't clean it out in the spring, it would probably last a couple years or more since I occasionally turn it over with a spading fork or toss in scratch to have the chickens do it for me. It rarely mats up unless I have too many chickens in the coop, then you have to fork it up more often.The mulch gradually shrinks down over time.
     

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