Wood ashes & chicken poop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by desertskynm, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. desertskynm

    desertskynm Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi...

    I had heard that you can sprinkle wood ashes on fresh chicken poop and that neutralizes ?? or some how makes the poop ready to go in the veggie garden as fertilizer...

    Does that sound right to you?

    How much ash to how much poop?

    Thank you,
    Misty
     
  2. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Fresh chicken poop in excess is known to "burn" plants due to the high nitrogen/nitrates. Wood ash is a high ph (base) and will neutralize low ph (acid) but will do nothing to prevent "fertilizer burn". Mix your fresh Poo with high carbon material (wood chips) and compost for at least a couple of weeks prior to putting on the garden. Or you can do like me and compost at the source in a deep litter sub-ground dirt floor Coop and put it on your Garden at your leisure. (see my BYC page)
     
  3. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    Plain wood ash is good in dust baths. It helps keep them free from parasites. I don't think it would help with fresh chicken poop. It could make a good additive for the garden in the right amounts, though. Depending on what your soil is low in.
     
  4. desertskynm

    desertskynm Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for clarifying! Wood ash just balances the pH, doesn't affect the nitrogen level. Any idea the proportion of chicken poop to wood ash?

    I will research more about the deep litter.

    Thanks!
    Misty


    Quote:Fresh chicken poop in excess is known to "burn" plants due to the high nitrogen/nitrates. Wood ash is a high ph (base) and will neutralize low ph (acid) but will do nothing to prevent "fertilizer burn". Mix your fresh Poo with high carbon material (wood chips) and compost for at least a couple of weeks prior to putting on the garden. Or you can do like me and compost at the source in a deep litter sub-ground dirt floor Coop and put it on your Garden at your leisure. (see my BYC page)
     
  5. Captain Carrot

    Captain Carrot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'ved used wood ash on poop before, It drys it out quicker and gets the smell down too.
    My birds take bathes in the ash too, and if you sprinkle it on roads or paths, it's anti-slip
     

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