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    12-22-2010, 07:33 AM
Green Broke
Hmm yes well you do use strange things to fertilise, who on earth uses chicken muck?
Over here it is normaly well rotted cow manure or non organic fertilisers. Sometimes you will get a farmer using calcified seaweed.

My ponies have been on adlib haylege in the field for the last 13 years, we get it from the same supplier year after year and it is always still good after 10 days if there is any left.
We recently had to send a bale back when it was too wet and too sweet smelling. He took it back and fed it to his cows!
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    12-22-2010, 07:45 AM
Chicken waste is very high in nitrogen so if you need nitrogen in your soil I can see chicken waste being a good organic fertilizer.

I do not think any of us are saying haylage or silage or evil. Production acres is just saying that feeding an opened bale of haylage to too small of a herd is going to lead to issues.

I know the old farmer guy around the corner from me did not get his hay from his usual guy this year because he made it into haylage, which his steers would have liked, but he only has 3 steers and he knew it would go bad before he could get a whole bale fed.

It is not just horses that there is a concern about feed gone bad.
    12-22-2010, 07:48 AM
Green Broke
Oh I can see that chicken muck is high in nitrogen, but what I can't see is why you would use it given the whole swathe of potential problems it brings with it, there are far better things to use.
    12-22-2010, 07:56 AM
Chicken litter actually does not have much available N as it is generally tied up in the shavings; however once the litter has been composted, the pathogens are "cooked" out of the litter and it is realitively inert. It is obvisouly high in organic matter, P and K and many micronutrients. Chicken litter has about 10 times the potentiency of cow manure.
    12-22-2010, 12:07 PM
Green Broke
Yes but the harvesting of it is horrific, insane amounts of pathogens, and as shown by your story above, obviously not all pathogens are killed.

Personaly our field gets covered in calcified seaweed every other year.

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