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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by nuttyredhead, Jun 19, 2010.
Is this safe or do i need to let it compost?
What I remember is that you do want to allow it to compost before using it in your garden. I think the guideline I saw mentioned was around 120 days of composting prior to use. Maybe someone who remembers better will chime in here.
Yes, you need to let it compost first. I found that out the hard way.. Just do a search on here for the specifics, I can't remember the actaul reason other than it killed a few of my plants.
I just tilled up my chicken pen and used the dirt for the base of my raised garden and then put top soil on top of that dirt and it seems to have worked well. The nitrogen in the chicken poop is to strong for new plants but is okay for older plants.
What I am composting THIS year I will use in my garden NEXT year. That way I'm sure that everything has a good chance at composting properly.
One more thought on fresh poo in the garden. If it rains and splashes on the veg. you could get Salmonella. Always compost or bury it. The decompositon bacteria kills the salmonella. Gloria Jean
Yep, I have a tun of it in our garden right now... that and rabbit poop and horse ...lol
I keep a big 6x4 foot area surrounded by wield wire and just toss it in there wood chips and all.... then toss in any weeds ( none that have gone to seed though), leaves, kitchen veggie & fruit waste, egg shells, coffee ground etc. The garden loves it
My garden is doing amazing,..I used last years compost pile from cleaning out barn stall, chick, duck and goat poop (goat poop doesn't have to wait at all to go into the garden) mixed in with compost from the town landfill( leaves and roots and branches), I figured nothing ventured nothing gained,..I was willing for it not to work,..and oh my did it ever work,..I did not use soil, fertilizer, bar my compost, essentially nothing but what I mentioned and I have been getting salad from my garden for days now and I planted it just a few weeks back! I would age the chicken poop. But if you have a pile hangng around for some time, I would use it. I know that the pile has been there a year but it gets added to always so not all of it was aged that long, some was pretty fresh.
Are you kidding???? There is nothing better for making things grow. I do NOT give my poop away. My eggs maybe and if I really like someone, even a chicken or two,,but NO POOP. LOL