Types of manure?

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RobRob

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Types of manure?
« on: October 04, 2013, 16:13 »
I have lots of rabbit poo,
I have lots of chicken poo,
I have been told that I must mix the chicken poo in the compost heap to rot down 1st as it is too strong otherwise.
I have been told rabbit poo can be put straight on the soil.
Is this correct?
I have been chucking great bucket fulls of rabbit poo/wee mix into my veg patches in getting ready for next year. Then it occurred to me, double check the advice I was given.
 Thank you for your expertise,    Rob

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Re: Types of manure?
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2013, 17:07 »
I'd have thought the rabbit poo would break down over winter ready for next year.
I chuck all out chinchilla poo and sawdust in the compost bin at home - it'll all rot down eventually :)

Chicken poo does need to rot down a bit - quite acidic ;)
« Last Edit: October 04, 2013, 17:08 by devonbarmygardener »

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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2013, 17:10 »
I'd try to avoid manuring where you plan to grow carrots or parsnips next year, if it's not too late (not fatal if you've already manured the area).
I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days all attack me at once...

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Re: Types of manure?
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2013, 19:25 »
My own preference is to mix all manure with the compost heap, if you have a big one (mine's nearly two cubic metres - five pallets). I think you gain all round: the compost rots more quickly, you still have the fertility from the manure, and you avoid adding anything to your soil that's too strong.

Since watching Monty Don recommending shredding garden waste before composting it, I bought a Bosch and find it really useful. My daughter bought a cheap shredder years ago and found it completely useless, so that had put me off getting one before now. At last my compost heats up really quickly, and regular turning becomes so easy now that it's such an even consistency. I haven't attached a photo before so I'm not sure if this will work, but if so this is the new compost area. If I'm not successful, perhaps someone can explain how in simple terms? 8)

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Re: Types of manure?
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2013, 20:36 »
Thank you
I was spreading it between my leeks and everything...
As I said, I have lots of poo!
Around 30 rabbits at any one time... Plus chickens...
My compost heap is now more like a compost mountain 😊

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« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2013, 21:17 »
Rabbit poo is a "cold" manure with high nitrogen and can go directly into and onto the beds.. I spread loads of fresh stuff for my sweetcorn and had massive results.. I collect from 3 on my customers each month and store in wheelie bins till needed.
Now a member of the 10 Ton club.... 2013  harvested 588 Kg from 165 sq mt..

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Re: Types of manure?
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2013, 21:47 »
Thank you
I was spreading it between my leeks and everything...
As I said, I have lots of poo!
Around 30 rabbits at any one time... Plus chickens...
My compost heap is now more like a compost mountain 😊

You can never have too much! ;)

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Re: Types of manure?
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2013, 22:31 »
I'd have thought the rabbit poo would break down over winter ready for next year.
I chuck all out chinchilla poo and sawdust in the compost bin at home - it'll all rot down eventually :)

Chicken poo does need to rot down a bit - quite acidic ;)

According to the RHS it is normally ph 6.5- 8.0 which is on the alkaline side.
Makes sense when you think about all the calcium in the feed for egg production.

Acid loving plants will probably not like it fresh or composted. 

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« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2013, 22:40 »
Nothing loves fresh chicken poo, it's way too strong. One sniff should tell you that  :D

You can either compost it over winter, or as I do, spread it over the empty garden in fall and by spring it's ready to go. Over winter the worms get busy and break it down.

Rabbit poo is the only one that can be used fresh. During winter we get lots of rabbits snacking on the food pellets our racing pigeons knock to the ground and I often scoop up the rabbit poo and sprinkle them around my roses.

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Re: Types of manure?
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2013, 22:48 »
Awesome responses, thanks guys

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Re: Types of manure?
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2013, 00:46 »
I'd have thought the rabbit poo would break down over winter ready for next year.
I chuck all out chinchilla poo and sawdust in the compost bin at home - it'll all rot down eventually :)

Chicken poo does need to rot down a bit - quite acidic ;)

According to the RHS it is normally ph 6.5- 8.0 which is on the alkaline side.
Makes sense when you think about all the calcium in the feed for egg production.

Acid loving plants will probably not like it fresh or composted.
Ok so acidic was the wrong phrase but you know what I mean. Fresh chicken poo would just burn and kill off plants. Hence, we let it rot down :)

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« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2013, 16:13 »
I have 4 chucks and every now and every few weeks i sift the soil/pooh mixture out of their run into a bucket and apply it to my plants and veggies they seem to thrive on the stuff  :) I am presuming that it's because it's diluted by the soil that it is not too hot i also chuck grass cuttings in their run every other week :D They sit on their perch watch patiently until the mowing is finished and then dive in scattering it everywhere so more dilution me thinks  ;)



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