Chicken manure in garden in spring

monique278 Posts: 11 ✭✭✭

Does anyone know if it is ok to add fresh or partially decomposed chicken manure in the garden in the spring a month or so before planting the garden?


  • Marjory Wildcraft
    Marjory Wildcraft Posts: 1,585 admin

    Since you are doing it a month out, and hopefully doing a gentle tilling in to mix with the existing soil? If ithe chicken poop to sial ratio is low (i.e. you don't have too much chicken poop) I am guessing it will be OK.

    Composting the chicken poop for a while is definitley better though.

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,517 admin

    @monique278 I would definitely compost chicken manure. It is quite "hot" when fresh and may "burn" crops.

    If you were tilling it in, it would need more than a month.

  • monique278
    monique278 Posts: 11 ✭✭✭

    Ok, thanks. Yes, we would add it now in the garden. We don't have that much. Our garden is a fair size. We would till it in early May. Hopefully that should be ok? Once tilled maybe wait 2 weeks before planting?

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,375 admin

    I think you are taking a chance. But ratio might help reduce that risk.

  • Michelle D
    Michelle D Posts: 1,423 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I put rabbit manure directly into the garden, but chickens are different. It is worth it to compost it well before using it.