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lurchergrrl



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 3:03 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Another shitty question:

What do you do with chicken poo?

I've got two hens in my garden at the moment. They're free range back there all day, poo-ing in the grass and dirt. Will raking it once a day get most of it up? Can I compost it in some way?

Is having chicken crap all over the back garden going to drive me crazy?  
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just sweep it away with a plastic leaf rake if it bothers me, usually it takes care of it's self- it is good stuff for the garden compost heap
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lurchergrrl



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks GM. I'd like to go out once a day and quickly rake it over 'cause I've got small kids who play out there.

When you say it's ok for the garden compost heap, do you mean the regular one I chuck all my kitchen scraps and stuff into? How much is too much? Can I put the cleaned out shavings from the coop in there as well?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You certainly can leave it a good while and mix with all your other garden waste and you will have some good stuff, of if you prefer you can bag it up ,pop some water in the bag so that it is nice and moist tie the bag up pop it under a hedge for a year or two then use it.

I have included an illustration of the type of rake I use. These are great for getting stuff out of grass.
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lurchergrrl



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you GM  
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feathers-magraw



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cheers Aunty!!!   I have been wondering about this for ages!!!  Broody poo is definatley the worst ever though!!  IT stinks!!!!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

and there's always tons of it !      
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

some have really runny poo if they have been drinking a lot......
normal in hot weather, but Id be questioning a lot of drinking elsewhere.
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Adeplume



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 1:53 pm    Post subject: Diatomaceous Earth Reply with quote

Hi all you chicken lovers,
Slightly off the subject of poo but passing through the same area, does anyone use Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth in their chicken feed for deworming , on the coop floors, or for powdering the birds against mites etc? If so, does anyone have a source of supply either in UK or where I am, in France. Does it change their poo consistency? (He asked, thereby keeping to the thread!)
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We've been talking about it recently for controlling redmite. Most of us have had a terrible year for the little blighters. I've had it up to here with them and I'm willing to try anything. I've heard some promising reports about it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:45 pm    Post subject: Diatom (Diatomaceous Earth) Powder Reply with quote

Hi, I bought a huge 25kg bag from www.flytesofancy.co.uk for a whopping 83, plus carriage (8) last August.  Mad or what?!  I love my 4 girls.  I use it a lot in their hut and for dusting them (under arms/tail/neck etc) throughout the year.  

It does seem to keep the biting things at bay.  It is safe to use in their feed, but I prefer to use Flubenvet as a wormer as I'm not sure I'd like DP sprinkled on my brekkie in the mornings..  It does seem a lot to pay, but it is a huge bag and I've not made a dent in it yet.  A little goes a long way.  Just don't breath it in if you can help it - difficult on windy days though...    
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You really do love those chickens of yours Whiskers Thats a lot of money.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, but the girls are worth it, they are such characters.  You're never lonely with hens around!
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Wilder



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,  Does anyone know whether chicken poo is bad for cows?  

Not that I am intending to actually feed any to my neighbours cows.   However, he has asked us to keep our ducks off his field because he says the poo is bad for the cows, and I wondered if the same goes for chickens.  He didn't mention the chickens, as far as we could make out (with our limited understanding of French) but we are keeping them in for the time being as he is a really good neighbour and we don't want to upset him.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I first started keeping stock (animals and birds) back in the 1980's I bought a text book on what went into the various feed stuffs, and believe it or not at the time one of the ingredients allowed in processed cattle feed was chicken poo and bedding !!!!!    

One of the reasons I only bought organic feeds for many years.


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