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Compost bins for chicken pooChicken Poo/Manure for the Garden

Chickens produce two types of droppings, faecal and caecal. The latter are produced every eight or so droppings, and are much stickier and smellier than the faecal (normal) droppings.

Typically chicken poo is left up to a year to rot down sufficiently before it is used in the garden. It is an excellent activator when added to the compost bin mixed in with other compost materials but avoid masses of any one thing (e.g. grass, dung, newspapers - get a mixture layered).

Once composted it can be dug in the ground or used as a mulch under fruit bushes and trees.

All animal faeces/urine are useful and most of it is better (more easily useable by the plant) if the nitrogenous constituents are allowed to degrade.

Just leave bacteria and fungi to do this in a compost bin but keep it moist and covered. Do not leave it in a heap exposed to rain as the most useful compounds will dissolve in the water and run off in the ground to waste.

Healthy Chicken Poo It is a myth that you cannot use fresh chicken poo in the garden. Digging in a small amount of fresh chicken poo in the garden is also an option.

Fresh poultry litter is strong stuff and highly concentrated (i.e. more nitrogen per unit weight) which makes it a good mid to long term slow release fertiliser and soil conditioner which is beneficial and lasting up to 3 years.

Another option is to gather the chicken poo and mix it with water and use it as fertiliser. This is beneficial for leafy vegetables such as brassicas.


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