[Market-farming] Chicken manure

Joyce Paski elderberrywine4u at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 12 10:58:59 EDT 2004

Sarah <sunflower66943 at yahoo.com> wrote:Does anyone know the nitrogen, phosphorus, etc.
content of chicken manure? My grandmother always said
it was too hot for most stuff. 

Fresh chicken manure is too hot for plants and needs to be composted before use as a fertilizer.  The actual NPK values vary with the age of the birds, what they eat and how old the manure is.  My brother-in-law is using composted chicken manure this year on his gardens for the first time and is ecstatic about it.  The manure he got was from his daughter's chicken 4-H project.  I recommend you read Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens by Gail Damerow.  Fertilizer info is on p. 249.

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