Monday, November 29, 2010

All about Poop

In a recent article in the Windsor Star, Doug Schmidt recently reported that:

One opponent of urban chickens pointed out the filthy fowl each produce about a pound of poop per week. How does one manage that amount of crap, I thought, until I realized that's how much my dog produces each and every morning, even before I start my commute to work.

He went on to explain that Windsor's bylaws also prohibit residents from disposing of said poop in the weekly trash.    Urban chicken opponents might be mollified by the fact that the weekly volume is less than the daily volume of one single dog, but chicken lovers have a completely different perspective, and wouldn't want that poop to leave the property in the first place.

You see, chicken manure is one of the best natural fertilizers for the garden.  According to the website Gardening Know How:

Chicken manure fertilizer is very high in nitrogen and also contains a good amount of potassium and phosphorus. The high nitrogen and balanced nutrients is the reason that chicken manure compost is the best kind of manure to use.
 Composting chicken manure is simple. If you have chickens, you can use the bedding from your own chickens.
 The next step in chicken manure composting is to take the used bedding and put it into a compost bin. Water it thoroughly and then turn it every few weeks to get air into the pile.

What could be simpler than that?  Just wait 9-12 months and the compost is ready.  By feeding kitchen scraps to the chickens and letting them speed up the composting process, it's a good way of both diminishing the amount of waste that goes out on the street, as well as eliminating the need to purchase fertilizer at the store, and saving money on both counts.

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