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 Post subject: Chicken Manure
PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:17 am 
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A friend who raises chickens gave me a big load of chicken manure back in the summer. Can I use it as is or should I let is set longer. I don't want to burn up my stuff with it, but I understand it is good for the soil. As everyone can see, I am very new do this organic business. Thanks for your help.


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 Post subject: Re: Chicken Manure
PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 3:42 pm 
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I would strongly encourage you to compost it with other materials first--leaves, straw, produce scraps, etc.


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 Post subject: Re: Chicken Manure
PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:31 pm 
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Thank you. I'll do that. How long do you think it will take for it to be usable?


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 Post subject: Re: Chicken Manure
PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 1:20 pm 
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It will be useable once it smells very fresh. Very good soil has a fresh smell. That's what you're looking for. That fresh smell is caused by a certain microbe that comes in at the end of the composting process.

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 Post subject: Re: Chicken Manure
PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 3:17 pm 
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Thank you for your reply. Just one more question. How much should of the manure should I put in with my leaves and other stuff?


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 Post subject: Re: Chicken Manure
PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 6:41 am 
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Start with about 2-3 times more dry carbon stuff (i.e. leaves, etc.) to one part raw chicken manure. You can't develop humates in the soil with carbon materials.

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 Post subject: Re: Chicken Manure
PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 3:15 pm 
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The leaves will also cover up the smell of the decomposing chicken litter. Use them liberally on top of the pile and turn them in later.

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