Chicken manure - what should I do with it?

Hello lovely helpful experienced gardeners!

I am about to 'come in to' a regular free supply of fresh chicken manure, which I have heard is very good for the garden. However, I don't know how best to use it. Should I add it to my compost heap (the heap which is being filled for next year, not this one)? Or can it go directly on to my flower/vegetable beds? I know you're not meant to use fresh horse manure straight away so wondered if the same applied to chicken manure. Many thanks for any advice you can give this amateur!



  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,185

    Best not used fresh on beds but it is ok to mix into your compost heap  for use next year.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,273

    Chicken manure will burn any plants it comes into contact with. It is stronger than horse manure. I agree with philippa, I would use it well mixed into the compost heap, and use it as an activator.  Once the heap has heated up, turned and heated up again, it will then be fit to use on the garden. If you're short of clippings to mix it with, rip the newspapers into shreds and add that as well as some water.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • Thank you all very much - you have left me in no doubt whatsoever what to do with it! Does the same apply to seaweed I wonder?? Thanks all for taking the time to advise me image

  • Sorry to but in but I brought some pelleted chicken manure, dried seaweed granules and fish, blood and bone to put on my roses this year. Will the pellets burn plants? And does anyone know what ratios I should be using?

  • Verdun not just salt washed away this winter have you seen the news this week

    Are you under water ??


  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,185

    Ashleigh 2........generally speaking, dry pelleted stuff is safe to use around plants.  For best times to apply and ratios, it should give you that info. on the packs.

    As Verdun says, seaweed is can also get it in liquid form

  • Thanks Philippa, that's twice today you've helped me outimage

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