Any experience with fresh chicken manure?

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  1. Fine ocean parker

    Fine ocean parker Active Member

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    I have some fresh chicken manure ( 1-2 month old ). I was thinking about spreading it around my plant and vegetable gardens. I was told it can be fairly strong and perhaps should sit for up to a year. I was wondering if I can just spread it sparingly or make tea with it or.... And input would be great.
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    vitog Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    It would be best to combine the fresh chicken manure with a high-carbon mulch like sawdust before applying it. Otherwise, yes, use it sparingly like a chemical fertilizer.
     
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    I use chicken manure most years on my veggies. I am lucky enough to have a small poultry farm close by. It comes mixed with about 50% sawdust/fine woodchips. I apply an inch or so in the winter or early spring & scuff it into the top 2-3 inches of soil. This helps keep up the organic matter in my light soil & provides a good basic level of nutrients for most things. My soil is very active with all kinds of organisms & I haven't tilled it or dug it other than scuffing the top 2-3 inches, as above, for several years.

    I keep some manure back & use it later in the year to top-dress around heavy feeders. I also mix some in with fresh garden clippings in a heap & get lovely rich compost after a year or so that gives a gentle boost to roses and other ornamentals that need some feeding.

    Fresh and not mixed with chips/sawdust/compost it could burn existing plants. Just dilute it in some way similar to my subjective & experiential solutions above. If mixed & spread, a week of weather should calm it down.

    Great stuff! Have fun.
     
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    anyone knows where to buy chicken compost manure? I live in south surrey, BC.
     
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