Thursday, August 15, 2013

Chicken Garden Benefits


GARDEN BENEFITS

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:
• A good soil amendment. Chicken manure adds organic matter and increases the water-holding capacity and beneficial biota in soil.
• A good fertilizer. Chicken manure provides Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium to your plants (more than horse, cow or steer manure).

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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

Chickens outside the garden
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

PoultryNet™ 12/42/3—This net works well for keeping in most heavy breeds (less so for light breeds). It’s light and easy to handle—and is less expensive than the taller 48" nets.
PoultryNet™ 12/48/3—Better for flightier breeds of poultry. Smaller posts than PermaNet 12/48/3 so it's lighter and easier to move. Designed for frequent moves.
PermaNet® 12/48/3—Designed to stay in one place longer than most other nets. Features the same mesh as PoultryNet attached to thicker posts.

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.

Their advantages:
1.Reduced sagging between posts. Sagging can be a problem for nets with many horizontals and verticals (e.g. PoultryNet).
2.Faster and easier to fence curves/corners, and across dips/hills.

Their negatives:
1.The same length of net weighs more.
2.The same length of net costs more—but less than the total cost when users add their “farmstore” nonstandard posts.

If you have regular PoultryNet already, try our FiberTuff™ posts to support corners.


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