Chicken Coop/Pen Compost

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by Chikin, Aug 29, 2004.

  1. Chikin

    Chikin Member

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    I have a lot of trees in my backyard, especially pine trees, and lately I've been rakeing a lot of pine needles and putting them in my chicken pens. The chickens seem like they love to scratch in it so I give them all I can give them. Since I have so many trees I've put about a foot of straw in each pen and they've stomped it down to just 3 inches. I'm sure this is going to be making a lot of compost but I'm wondering if it's going to be good to use since it's composed of pine needles and chicken poo, which are both pretty acidic aren't they?
     
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    You've made your chickens very happy.


    I think it'd be great. We used to use that mix for years (before we moved to here :waa: ) and never had any real problems. Any azaleas around will love you for it. Mix it with lime or wood ashes for most other plants that don't like acidic conditions.
     

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    compost will help balance pH no matter what it was to begin with
     
  4. Chikin

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    thanks. I've always heard that composted dirt from around cedar trees wasn't good to use b/c it's too acidic and I didn't know if it'd be the same with pines. I'm going to be putting some oak leaves in once they start dropping so I figure that might help balance it out. does hay make good compost? I was thinking about getting a bale of hay to throw in for them once I run out of leaves. I just want to be able to walk in there this Spring and shovel up some good dirt to put in my vegetable garden.

    should i get some lime to mix with it? if so what kind do I need?
     
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    If it grows it composts