[caption id="attachment_1165" align="alignright" width="190"] Stick a fork in me, I'm done![/caption] As a gardener I take advantage of my chickens' droppings whenever I can. First, I get all dressed in my chicken cleaning uniform, gloves and boots, then trudge out to the coops with shovel in hand. When I clean the coops I make sure nothing is wasted and it all gets moved right to my compost pile. This helps cut down on waste sent to the dump, helps my garden thrive and makes the coop cleaning process multipurpose (they get a clean coop & I get fertilizer). The important thing to remember is chicken waste is considered "hot" when fresh, this means it's high nitrogen can damage the root system of the plants. Letting your newly found fertilizer age is the best solution. You can do this in one of 2 ways:
- Load your chicken manure onto your compost pile to turn and age over time before adding to your garden.
- Add the manure to the garden at the end of the season, such as fall, when nothing is growing. Turn the soil then, and allow to age directly in the soil for spring planting.