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WHAT TO DO WITH Chicken POOP

Don’t underestimate what you can do with quality biowaste in your garden and farm.

Most people get chickens with only one magical moment in mind: reaching into the nest for a freshly laid egg. A pleasing reward, indeed, but according to Harvey Ussery, author of The Small-Scale Poultry Flock: An all-natural approach to raising chickens and other fowl for home and market growers (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2011), the real magic is in the poop. Ussery, who has experimented with chickens for three decades, says would-be chicken keepers might do best to start with the question: What should I do with all this poo?

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Deep Litter Magic

As a green (nitrogen-rich) element, chicken poop works wonderfully with other materials in the carbon (brown), nitrogen (green) and H2O formula that, with agitation and time, transforms organic waste into rich compost.

Some keepers collect manure daily or weekly and add it to compost bins or piles. Kristeva Dowling, who shares her farming journey in her book, Chicken Poop for the Soul: A year in search of food sovereignty (Caitlin Press, 2011), says she used to scrape poop of the chicken roosts daily. Now, she relies on a lazier approach, the deep-litter method, with a good end result.

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