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Discussion Board - chicken poop for hay field

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12-18-2020 08:58:57

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I live couple miles from egg/chicken place... they hire a guy that spreads poo for them..

Thinking of using on pasture where horses are and hay field..heard it is excellent fertilizer..

Any comments about this.. How long would I have to keep horses contained before letting out on treated field??


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Tim in New York

02-28-2021 09:45:27

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 Re: chicken poop for hay field in reply to mss3020, 12-18-2020 08:58:57  
Chicken farmer I worked for as a kid had capacity for 16,000 birds in 3 barns, and one 15 acre field to spread the manure on. He raised broilers - 11 weeks from chick to shipping, He always planted and picked the corn field with a 1 row NI picker and Massey 150. Some years the corn would be 12' tall at least. Imagine it would have similar impact on just about anything you planted.


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01-13-2021 16:23:03

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 Re: chicken poop for hay field in reply to mss3020, 12-18-2020 08:58:57  
Neighborhood will be cussing you for a while, but man does it grow hay.

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01-13-2021 12:33:50

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 Re: chicken poop for hay field in reply to mss3020, 12-18-2020 08:58:57  
it tends to be higher in P than N, but also adds lots of micronutrients. Just watch the P build up with repeated use.

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12-26-2020 06:39:21

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 Re: chicken poop for hay field in reply to mss3020, 12-18-2020 08:58:57  
I had a neighbor that used it. He said it worked great, but a regular sicle mower would not cut it. It took a disc mower.

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12-22-2020 18:41:07

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 Re: chicken poop for hay field in reply to mss3020, 12-18-2020 08:58:57  
I saw it done one spring. Guy pulled a tank trailer with a slinger on it. What a mess and stunk to high heaven driving by for a couple of weeks. Results were awesome. No idea as to the stocking rules.

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Destroked 450

12-18-2020 14:33:44

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 Re: chicken poop for hay field in reply to mss3020, 12-18-2020 08:58:57  
Can't really say about horses but I normally try to keep cows off of fields for 4-5 days, it isn't know to cause cows harm but they are known to eat some of the bigger chunks.

As for hay fields I hope you have good hay equipment, I have broiler houses and have been using chicken litter for over 12 years with out purchasing hardly any chemical fertilizer.

Putting 2-3 ton of litter per acre increased my hay yields 50% or more, when using chemical fertilizer my yields averaged 4 1/2 to 5 4x5 rolls per acre, now I'll average 7-8+ 4x5 rolls.

The most important thing is to have soil test done and adjust the amount spread according to test results, continued use at high application rates can cause nutrient levels to become to high thus locking the ground up which is worse than having poor ground, for that reason soil test are very important.

Chicken litter is some hot stuff, our's test out to were 1 ton is equal to 400lbs of triple 10 or 200 lbs of triple 19, that means spreading 3 ton of chicken litter per acre is about the same as applying 600lbs of triple 19 fertilizer per acre, that'll make the grass jump.

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12-18-2020 12:22:50

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 Re: chicken poop for hay field in reply to mss3020, 12-18-2020 08:58:57  
Chicken manure tend to be hot so this time of year is the best time to put it on so rain and snow make it sock into the ground. I do that to my garden this time of year when I clean out the chicken houses

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