Jen Fan wrote:If you're not intending to plant much this year that might work fine, though the chickens will kick out A LOT of stuff, so you'll be cleaning up all around your beds. Things like tomatoes and zucchinis will love fresh manure. A lot of other plants might not appreciate that. But again, if you're not planting ASAP, then it might do fine. The only thing that stands out to me is that wood kind of sucks nitrogen from the soil until it's thoroughly decomposed into humus. You might do better to work on a "wood rotting heap" somewhere nearby and amend your beds with rotten wood as it becomes available in future years.
We find that taking all of our soiled bedding from all the critters and composting it makes gorgeous, rich soils. It's just sloppy hay with poop and urine in the mix. Keep it wet and heap it up to stew. Bust into the bottom a year later and it's the most beautiful stuff! We have lots of redworms helping too.
If you want to actually plant this year, maybe bite the bullet and find a source for good compost and top soil for this year's plYanting, and focus on starting a composting system for your wood chips and chicken waste!
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