Hi everyone! I'm sorry if this question has been asked a dozen times, but I am new here and would like to hear other's experiences. This is our first year raising hens, we have had them for nearly a year now, and they've been outside in their coop and run since April/May- 2013. We are in the city, so we are not allowed to free-range. When we set out to start planning this year's garden, we discovered that where the chicken coop is, is actually the best spot for a garden because of the amount of sunlight it receives. Most of the rest of our backyard gets and 1-3 hours less sun because of trees so we plan to move the coop and put the garden where it is sitting now. We were very happy about this, thinking that with all the manure they've been dropping, the ground should be packed with fertilizer for our new crops. What I have recently discovered however is that fresh chicken manure can burn and kill plants if not aged/composted properly. I really don't want to waste my time and money on growing plants to have them die in the ground. Our hens will be re-located within the week, and the ground hasn't been tilled yet, so it will be sitting dormant for the rest of winter and in to March/April when I can use a tiller to break up the ground. Do you think it will be ok to use this year without much risk to my plants? Or should I pick a new spot and save that spot for next year? Any help is appreciated. Also, I wanted to have my grounds tilled and fertilized in the fall, but it just didn't happen. If I were to wait until early spring to till my new spot and fertilize, and leave it sit for a month or two, would it still be ok to use? Thanks again! I am so new to all of this!