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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!

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


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.

Hello Order in the border

I would mix it as and when with grass mowings and all the rest in the compost heap and turn it a few times during the summer. If you have a runner bean trench ??ou could  put it at the bottom in the autumn.  I would not do this now though with spring just around the corner

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


Ah seaweed!  I used to get large amounts of seaweed and spread it over all parts of my garden.  There is a lot of opinion on using seaweed like this ....that it should be composted.  first etc.   Down here seaweed has been heavily applied to gardens as a routline.  It does a number of is excellent as a soil conditioner, it is an excellent slug deterrent (partly because of its saltiness) and it helps sandy soils hold moisture and breaks up heavy soils.

I apply it in autumn and by spring it will have broken down and all the salt washed away.  

So, I would not compost it before using it....even at this time of year.  

Ashleigh 2

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 ??


Hiya clueless

No I'm fine.  Fairly sheltered I guess.  On a hill.  Sandy soil.  

But signs of damage everywhere around...Roads damaged, muddy water, changes along the coast, roads closed, no railway line linking Cornwall,  etc etc 

Hope you are ok too James 

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

Ashleigh 2

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

You're very welcome..........happy gardening


why not try to make a hot bed with it.

if you have a coldframe even better dig out about 10" and add the chicken manure to a depth of  6" and then add the soil back then place you pots seed trays back in, heat while it's rotting down.



Good idea clueless.  


Thank you for the seaweed tips! And yours on chicken manure Mike. Based on Verdun's answers re: seaweed I might scatter some around the already budding crowns of my delphiniums before the slugs move in for the season! Clueless - LOVE the idea of making a hotbed. I have a coldframe so I may do just as you say.

Wonderful, you've all inspired me! When this rain/hurricane stops this afternoon here on the battered Hampshire coast I will get out there and get busy. Thanks so much


The popular fertiliser nowadays is Chicken manure pellets - not fresh chicken manure which is a very different thing and should be kept away from plants when fresh - sorry to disagree with Mike there  (unless I'm misunderstanding him).  

Compost your chicken manure before using or make a hotbed!  After you've finished using the hotbed for raising seedlings plant your courgette and squash plants on it 

Will be adding pellets to soil around shrubs again this year ( 3rd year running) - I find a real difference. I always water well in straight after.

I got a healthy supply of chicken manure last winter and used it to cover the beds. Worked a treat and everything grew wonderfully the following spring/summer with no burning. Never used on flowering plants though

I have five chooks and generally put their waste in the compost, but I have put some in an old sock and am steeping it in water. Do it for a week, stirring once a day (or shaking!) and you have a liquid fertiliser. Dilute 1/10, job done  

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