Chicken Manure

Manure can be one of the greatest assets for a home gardener! Although fresh chicken manure is too strong to be used “raw” on your flowers or vegetables, it can be composted and converted to “black gold”. Once it is composted chicken manure it 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 you plants (more than horse or cow manure).

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.

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.

But, the high nitrogen in the chicken manure is dangerous to plants if the manure has not been properly composted. Raw chicken manure fertilizer can burn and even kill plants if used. Composting chicken manure mellows the nitrogen and makes the manure suitable for the garden.

Benefits of Chicken Manure

The use of manure helps to maintain the organic matter content of the soil which can improve soil structure and water infiltration. However, manure is quickly decomposed under warm, moist soil conditions. With the manure rates used for most crops, organic matter content in soil is only temporarily increased.

Possibilities

Weed seeds are common in some manure. They may enter the animal with its feed and then pass through the digestive tract, still viable, or they may have come with the litter, or they may have simply blown into the feed yard.

Poultry droppings typically have fewer weed seeds surviving the digestive processes. However, other animal manure may contain numerous viable weed seeds if the original feeds were contaminated. Composting and stockpiling manure can reduce the number of viable weed seeds

Normally, irrigation and rain water will sufficiently leach well-drained soils to prevent damaging salt accumulations. However, one should be cautious with poorly drained soils, soils with existing salinity problems, or unusually high application rates, especially when concentrated near young plants.

Zinc deficiency can be induced or increased with repeated high rates of manure, especially on sandy soils.

Chicken Manure:

Uses:

Availability:

  • Chicken manure can be collected at our premises in loose quantities during office hours except on Sundays. (if own labour is supplied you are welcome to load loose quantities on any given Sunday.)
  • Chicken manure is also available in bags for collection as well as delivery. (min.10 big bags, 20 small bags for delivery )
  • Chicken manure can also be delivered to your doorstep, min. 1cub/mtr, max. 5cub/mtr. (see pricelist for further details)
  • 20cub/mtr deliveries can also be arranged if the terrain is suitable for horse and trailer rigs.

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