Who uses their chicken compost?

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by Nicole01, May 27, 2012.

  1. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Crowing

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    Wow! Chicken compost is the ultimate best soil! We started it last year and the bottom is perfect garden soil! Unbelievable! I've started throwing fruit skins, vegetable tops, rotten vegetables and weeds in the mix too! I've never been so excited over compost!
     
  2. Kay56

    Kay56 Chirping

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    So what exactly do you put in the compost? Wood shavings, poo, grass, food????? I would like to start one once the chicks get out into the coop in a couple of weeks but we were not sure what should go into it for the garden.
     
  3. As for me, all of the above, plus weeds, leaves, coffee grounds, egg shells, stale beer, veggie trimmings, almost anything vegetable based. No citrus or animal fat.

    Avoid cat and dog poop due to possible pathogens.
     
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  4. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Crowing

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    Exactly, but weeds instead of grass. We started it last year. Since my flock poops mostly in their run and on the poop boards, there is more poop then chips. However, we will clean the whole coop out and throw the chips in there too. My hubby turns it over with a shovel once every 2-3 months. I thought it would smell when wet, but I was wrong. It's full of flies and mushrooms too. I never imagined that it would be pure soil underneath like that. It's better soil then what you buy in a bag I think!
     
  5. Kay56

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    Thanks guys...appreciate the input...now off to find a compost spot and start with the brooder poo. [​IMG]
     
  6. Nicole01

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    My compost is right next to our garden, just on the edge of the woods. It's pretty big now. We use it to fertilize our trees as well.
     
  7. Do you have to start compost in a container?
     
  8. Nicole01

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    I started mine on the ground. No container. I have a big compost area since I compost 100% of my chicken poop and chips.
     
  9. trooper

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    [​IMG] Before you use your compost you need to make sure that it is not hot.It will burn your plants and whatever you use it on.I'm not sure how long,but it needs time to cool down.I feed my egg shells back to my chickens for calcium.When I clean my coop i remove the shavings and poo and place it in a pile or in my compost bin.It makes wonderful fertilizer.I then put fresh shavings in and do the deep liter method.
     
  10. cva34

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    ME TOO >>But its Quail Po..Best gardens I ever had since then ...cva34
     

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