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    Right Ive got a good one for you.
    the past two years Ive kept chickens. In there house I use shavings to cover the floor which they poop on. I have been putting all this chicken manure and shavings into a separate compost bin, just for this purpose. not a lot of kitchen waste goes into this bin maybe a few weeds here or there.

    What id like to know is if this manure which takes a long time to break down suitable for the veg plot?

    I ask because of the amount of wood shavings in there, i know that as wood rots it can rob the soil of nitrogen. I have also heard that chicken poop is packed with nitrogen, in the form of ammonia.

    basically I'm confused and beginning to compile quite a hoard of chicken plop suggestions will be greatly received.

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    I'd like to know too! I pooh pick (horse owners will understand!!) my coop everyday the girls have deep shevings for insulation,when I collect the eggs, the poop I chuck on my compost, the shavings I sweep out when they start looking grotty even after poopicking, these I burn. When the weather warms up I invisage using less shavings and brushing out often, because of mite inspection etc, so I too need to know if the whole lot will rot?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybrew69 View Post
    Right Ive got a good one for you.
    the past two years Ive kept chickens. In there house I use shavings to cover the floor which they poop on. I have been putting all this chicken manure and shavings into a separate compost bin, just for this purpose. not a lot of kitchen waste goes into this bin maybe a few weeds here or there.

    What id like to know is if this manure which takes a long time to break down suitable for the veg plot?

    I ask because of the amount of wood shavings in there, i know that as wood rots it can rob the soil of nitrogen. I have also heard that chicken poop is packed with nitrogen, in the form of ammonia.

    basically I'm confused and beginning to compile quite a hoard of chicken plop suggestions will be greatly received.

    thanks harry.
    Your right the bedding is acidic and the chicken waste is alkaline ( both will kill roots put fresh on plants/veg ), it will make a balance manure in 2 to 3 years , that said speeding up the rate can done by turning over the heap every 2 weeks , buying a compost accelerator and weeing on it will help too .
    Without useing testing gear on the manure .
    id go for 2 to 3 years on chicken+bedding poo and 1 to 2 years on run poo , mixing a small amount into my veg/weed compost over a 6 month time seems to work for me .

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    Wood shavings need nitrogen to rot them down: there is plenty of that in chicken poo. Mix it all up and wait for it to turn brown and crumbly. If it needs some help, mix it with some grass clippings (mixed, not flung in big lumps).

    Once it's rotted down, it's perfect to add to the soil as per any normal compost

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    Wood shavings take a long time to rot down thoroughly. I've changed to Easibed/Hemcore because of this - I have some 2 yearold poop heaps from when I used shavings really not yet ready to use as compost!
    BTW I always understood that chicken poo was acidic - else why put lime on the run to neutralise it? Did a test with a soil tester this week of a small sample of soil/mud from the run which was full of droppings and it definitely showed acid both on capsule and meter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suechooks View Post
    BTW I always understood that chicken poo was acidic -
    Most people are the same! However, it's not.

    "the potential of ...poultry litter, to neutralize soil acidity and raise soil pH is less known. On the contrary, some people even think manure lowers soil pH as some commercial nitrogen fertilizers do.

    Researchers found that chicken manure was as effective as lime in raising soil pH"
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    chicken manure is alkaline with a pH value of 9.0 Preliminary Studies on the Effects of three Animal Manure on the Ecological Conditions of Pond Water and Fish Growth

    chicken manure tea, pH of 7.3 : http://www.echotech.org/technical/te...s/ChickenM.PDF

    The RHS says "Most poultry manure is in the range of pH 6.5-8.0, being neutral to moderately alkaline"
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    Interesting 2sheds!!

    Nice bit of research!!
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