Composting with Chicken Manure Is a Great Idea.
In fact, It is one of the best ways of fertilizing around because it contains high amounts of nitrogen in addition to phosphorus, potassium and other nutrients.
Composting is a natural, Eco-Friendly, process that occurs in nature, usually without any assistance from human beings. Quite simply, it is just decomposing organic matter.
Backyard composting is the intentional decomposition of organic materials, like manure, to produce fertilizer for your personal use.
This natural process of enhancing your soil is fundamental to getting good results from your back yard garden as well as being good for the environment.
The idea is to maximize the decomposition process and avoid the disagreeable effects of the natural process of decaying matter.
Benefits of Chicken Manure
Chicken compost is made from the manure of chickens (also called "chicken dung") and can be used as an affordable, effective, organic fertilizer.
The manure of chickens is one of the richest of all animal manures.
Chicken dung is a wonderful fertilizer for your Vegetable Garden. It will help your vegetables grow bigger and healthier.
Manure from chickens is a perfect addition to your garden's soil. It adds rich organic matter to the soil and increases the soil's holding capacity.
It is also a source of beneficial and essential bacteria that comes directly from your chickens’ digestive system.
These bacteria create an environment in the soil where the plants are able to absorb nutrients more easily.
Chickens while being omnivores, are primarily vegetarians, so their manure is mostly free from the parasites and unwanted bacteria that are normally found in the manure of animals that primarily eat meat.
Manure from chickens is also low in salt and weed seeds that are often present in the manure of other animals.
Because the manure of chickens is mostly organic, there is much less of a chance that unwanted substances will get into your garden's soil.
This is a big plus, especially if you're (hopefully) practicing organic gardening.
Note: Manure from chickens is considered "hot" manure because it can burn your vegetables if it's put directly into the soil of your garden without proper preparation.
Manure has to be aged or combined with some other organic ingredients, like grass clippings, used litter, sawdust, or straw before it can be used safely.
Properly preparing the manure breaks down the high levels of nitrogen. This makes the manure safe to use in your family’s vegetable garden.
Three tried and true methods for composting and fertilizing with manure:
Mix Chicken Manure Directly into the Soil
Allow the manure to age before mixing it into the soil. It is the safest way to fertilize if you do not want to compost or make a manure tea.
Allow the chicken dung sit in a pile outdoors for at least 3 - 4 weeks before using.
Use a large scoop or a shovel to spread the chicken manure evenly over your garden soil.
Work the seasoned manure thoroughly into your garden soil before planting.
Make Chicken Manure Tea
Prepare the manure tea by filling a large garbage can ¾ full of water.
Put the manure into a burlap bag.
Include a brick or big rock to weigh down the bag so it will stay submersed in the water.
Tie the opening of the bag shut.
Place the burlap bag into the water-filled garbage can.
Allow the manure to sit for three weeks in the water. By doing this, the water becomes rich with the needed nutrients for making chicken manure tea.
Fill your sprayer or watering can with the manure tea and water your garden plants with your homemade fertilizer and watch how big and healthy they grow.
Compost Chicken Manure
Add manure from your chickens to your backyard compost pile and water it good and thoroughly.
Use something like a rake or shovel to work over the material and thoroughly mix in the manure with the other organic materials.
Turn the manure every few weeks to keep air continually moving through in the pile.
In about six months, the composted manure will be ready to spread over your garden soil as fertilizer.
Fertilize your garden by mixing the prepared, composted manure into the soil.
No matter which method you choose, you'll be helping the environment and getting some of the best fertilizer available to help your garden grow big, healthy, and delicious vegetables.