Usable Manure?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by yyz0yyz0, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. yyz0yyz0

    yyz0yyz0 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2012
    Ok, so one of the big reasons I want to get chickens is for the constant supply of Manure for my garden/compost.

    In the past my rule of thumb has been "if it just eats things that grow, it's poop can be used to grow other things" So I don't use manure from meat eaters, ie dogs/cats/humans, etc etc.

    What does that mean about chicken manure if the chickens eat meat? It was always my understanding that meat eaters have pathogens in their digestive tracts that are excreated in the manure that is not good to get on plants that we eat. Would a chicken digestive tract be different and not carry the pathogens?
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2012
  2. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    All manure should really be composted before use, weather it be Horse, Cow, Sheep, Goat, Rabbit or Poultry.
    By composting it you will kill all the pathogens that are found in manure.

  3. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    All creature poop pathogens. You might be safer with using vegetarian's manure, but even they carry pathogens. Composting is one way of cutting the number of pathogens down. If applying manure directly, the general rule of applying it six months before harvest allows nature time to neutralize them. And by not applying it as a side dressing while the plant is growing will limit exposure.
  4. yyz0yyz0

    yyz0yyz0 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2012
    good to know. I usually do either run it through the compost first or bury it in the fall so I guess I'm good to go.

    want my chickens to be "killers!", throw them the biggest bugs I can find and any mice/moles I can catch are gonna be history in with the girls.

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