How to keep quail manure.

Discussion in 'Quail' started by jimmyl, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. jimmyl

    jimmyl New Egg

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    if you want to keep quail manure to use latter on the garden how is the best way to keep it? Thanks
     
  2. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
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    Put it in a pile away from the house.[​IMG] Unless you want to become one of those indoor compost nuts...[​IMG] Good Lord made garbage disposals and hefty bags for that.
     
  3. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    I dump the manure around the acerage which brings out the creeping charlie weeds. The chickens and quail love those weeds!
     
  4. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Go Real Easy With It On That Garden It Will Slap Burn Anything Except Perhaps Chili Peppers
     
  5. Kwartel

    Kwartel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most bird manure needs to sit for about 6 months if you are keeping it in a pile by itself. You can mix it with other compostables like leaves, grass clippings, kitchen scraps etc, and turn and water it about once a week to encourage it to break down faster. Otherwise the high nitrogen content will burn most seedlings.
     
  6. joe125

    joe125 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2010
    The higher the nitrogen content, the faster the nitrogen cycle...in most cases. The chemistry gets complicated.

    As JJ points out...Don't put raw quail poop in the garden, because it will set off a rapid nitrogen cycle that will burn up most plant life.

    If you are an avid com-poster, then treat it like what ever you add to the pile to increase the nitrogen cycle. It has less nitrogen (by weight) than Ammonium Nitrate. If you add that to your compost mix, then you may have to add more quail poop (by weight), to get the same effect.

    I'm not a chemist, but I play one on TV [​IMG]
     
  7. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:UH OH JOE'S BEEN STAYING AT THE HOLIDAY INN AGAIN.... [​IMG]
     
  8. Rozzie

    Rozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    If it's winter (cold weather) you can store it in garbage cans or plastic tubs til you get a compost pile going again in the Spring. Then you can layer it with grass clippings and other waste material to balance the greens and browns.

    This is best only if you have DRY waste, though -- not particularly wet bedding or waste that hasn't had time for moisture to evaporate from.
     
  9. joe125

    joe125 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2010
    Quote:UH OH JOE'S BEEN STAYING AT THE HOLIDAY INN AGAIN.... [​IMG]

    I'm no chemist, but I did stay at a HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS last night [​IMG]

    The only reason I know about a NITROGEN CYCLE is because I raised tropical fish for decades, before I got addicted to birds. It's different in water than it is on land, but the cycle is similar.

    I just pile mine up in a well drained area, then a year or 2 later, my neighbor comes over, totes it over to his place and puts it on his garden. I swap quail eggs for produce...It's a win, win thing.
     
  10. SEP Board

    SEP Board Out Of The Brooder

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    I was doing a search on this which brought me to this thread. I'd like to bring it back up with an add on question: I have rabbits and rabbit manure is a 'cold' fertilizer. I also have red worms underneath the cages because red worms love the droppings and in turn produce worm castings (poop) which itself is awesome fertilizer. So the question is can you add the quail poop to the rabbit/worm manure pile without an issue? Or should it be left by itself?
     

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