Your Poul­try

You may love your poul­try for their sweet na­tures, colour­ful looks, daily egg, and pos­si­bly meat, but they re­li­ably pro­duce an­other use­ful prod­uct too.

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Contents - Words Sue Clarke & Nade­nadene Hall

What to do with all that poo

For every 100g of feed a chicken eats, it pro­duces about 40g of ma­nure. The av­er­age layer hen eats 120-160g a day, for a yearly poo pro­duc­tion rate of 17.5-24kg.

The bonus is, un­like sea­sonal eggs or a one-off meat con­tri­bu­tion, you get poo every day, without fail.

To many poul­try peo­ple, poo is a smelly prob­lem. But if you man­age it well, it’s a ben­e­fi­cial ad­di­tion to pas­ture and gar­dens.

How­ever, ma­nure must be pre-treated to ben­e­fit plants. If not, it can do more dam­age than good.

A chicken’s poo pro­duc­tion rate is 17-24kg a year.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.