Composting Chicken Manure
Compiled by Judy Duncan, WSU Cooperative Extension,
King County Master Gardener and Cooperative Extension Livestock Advisor. Fall, 2005.
Chickens Produce Eggs and Manure
Your chicken produces an egg about every 24 hours, and it is wonderful to have your own home-produced fresh eggs. Your average-size hen also produces 1 cubic foot of manure every six months. What are you doing with this? Manure simply can’t continue to accumulate in your coop. It stinks, attracts rodents and flies, and the ammonia is not healthy for your chickens to breathe.
Benefits of Chicken Manure
Don’t despair; manure can be one of the greatest assets for a home gardener! Although chicken manure is too strong to be used raw on your flowers or vegetables, it can be composted and converted to “black gold”.
If used without composting it could damage roots and possibly kill your plants. However, once it is composted chicken manure is:
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FERTILIZER FOR GARDENS
Using Chicken Manure
Fertilizer In Your Garden
By Heather Rhoades, Gardening Know How
When it comes to manures, there is none more desired for the vegetable garden than chicken manure. Chicken manure for vegetable garden fertilizing is excellent but there are some things you need to know about it in order to use it correctly. Keep reading to learn more about chicken manure compost and how to use it in the garden.
Using chicken manure for vegetable garden fertilizer
Chicken manure fertilizer is very high in nitrogen and also contains a good amount of potassium and phosphorus. The high nitrogen and balanced nutrients is the reason that chicken manure compost is the best kind of manure to use.
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GARDENS & CHICKENS TOGETHER
PermaNet® 12/48/3 (which has 3" openings) is useful for keeping chickens either in or out of the garden, depending on the time of year. Other PermaNets have larger openings (6" vs 3" openings) in the lower part of the netting, allowing smaller chickens to slip through.Netting Options
Want a net that doesn't sag as much?
We noticed that several netting users have added extra posts to their nets. We understand. We’ve also encountered situations that require less space between the posts.
So we asked our net manufacturer to supply us with nets that have more posts with less space between each post. We call them “Plus” nets.
If you have regular PoultryNet already, try our FiberTuff™ posts to support corners.