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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 6:38 pm    Post subject: Chicken Fertiliser Reply with quote

Hi

Does anyone have any information about using hen droppings as fertiliser for fruit and veg please?

I have been told to put the old hen straw and droppings into a bucket of water, leave it for 4 to 6 weeks. Strain this mixture into containers and use it to water my plants by diluting it with water .

No idea of the ratio tho

Thanks
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

some people make life so complicated, Just mulch it over the bed or dig it in.
The term, "animal unit" (AU), refers to a unit of measurement to administratively compare sizes of animal feeding operations among different species of animals for chickens with manure handling systems it is 0.033 bet your sorry you asked now, Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm told that applied 'neat', i.e. straight from the hen house on to plants, it can 'burn' them but, if you're in the habit of growing leeks, that's one crop that is specifically said to benefit from chicken manure and is one that will stand throughout the winter, providing veg when most are scarce. I've still got a couple of feeds left in the garden from last year's sowing. Drop a few grains into the hole you dib before dropping the seedling in.

As always, though, Mother Nature isn't that vindictive. No one type of animal waste will actually cause a disaster amongst plant life, and all will provide some useful nutrients.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

we started adding the chicken manure with straw to the compost bin last year - but too late to use any of the compost. i turned over one of the bins the other day and it seemed healthy enough.
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