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What do you do, with the Poo?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Iwannachicken, Feb 5, 2009.

  1. Iwannachicken

    Iwannachicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay, we've mostly decided on a breed and a hatchery. My hubby has narrowed down the tractor/coop style he wants to build.

    We live in a older suburban neighborhood with a good sized back yard, but what do you do with all chicken poo? I don't want to offend my neighbors with chicken stench. It can be composted of course, but what's the best way to do that?

    Would a fixed coop or a moveable tractor be a better option. They will be sharing the yard with my dog.

    If this is in another thread please let me know and I'll go there.

    Cheers,
    Karen
     
  2. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    a compost pile will be all you need, you then spread it in your garden! It really doesnt smell unless it is fresh, and your not gonna have a huge pile of fresh poo, just the old dried up stuff. add leaves grass clippings dead flowers and table scraps to the pile.
     
  3. moduckman

    moduckman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You'll need a lot of birds before you have "poo" problems. A few will not be much of a buildup. If you do place it in a compose, just add a little lime to control the smell.
     
  4. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

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    Hoover?! I went to WA Berry High School back in the day. I grew up in Bluff Park! Go Hoover!! [​IMG]

    I toss my poo shavings and all directly on my empty garden beds. Come spring I'll till all of it under and plant stuff. The only time I notice smell is after monsoon rains that keep the runs wet. The rest of the time I sprinkle a little DE on it and it's fine.

    You might be able to sell/barter the shavings/poo with local gardeners. You might even be able to talk them into scoop it out of your coop for you. [​IMG]

    Good luck and hello from a former Alabama girl!
     
  5. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I dump my poop and shavings around my bushes, garden, etc. If it smells, I put lime on it.
     
  6. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    compost it for a year it is very rich in nitrogen and can burn the plants directly better to let it age [​IMG]
     
  7. aberfitch

    aberfitch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I find spots that dont have grass. (mostly clay/or poor quality dirt) and dump it there. In time it will turn the bad dirt into good dirt.
     
  8. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
    Northern NV
    I made a hoop composter out of 10' of chicken wire. You could also use something larger like hog wire. I just secured the wires from one end to the other end to make it circular. The composter is about 10 feet from my coop, easy access. I started by putting some dirt int eh bottom, we throw in all of our kitchen compost waste (we keep a bucket under the sink and empty it when we go out to let the chickens out in the morning), throw the day's poop on top of the kitchen waste (I use a plastic dust pan to clean out the coop in the morning), and then another shovel of dirt.
     

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