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Lowe's sells a product called Cockadoodle Doo, which is marketed as an organic fertilizer based on chicken manure.  Anyone have any experience and/or recommendations?  (I know Paul's a big fan of Ringer, but I haven't been able to find it in my area.)  Thanks.
 
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I haven't heard of it.  Can you find a link or tell us what's in it?

 
                                        
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Surely:
http://www.purebarnyard.com/cockadoodledoo/

Let me know if you need me to check the bag for a list of ingredients.  I'm pretty sure it's mainly just plain old chicken sh*t.
 
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You are correct. 

The downside is that it is gonna be HOT!!!  The ringer stuff is better because it's gonna break down slower.  This stuff is going to be instant and it will burn whatever plant it touches.  And it will probably stink too. 

It is far far better for your lawn than any of the chemical stuff. 

If your lawn is in serious need of fast fertilizer, this will definitely do the trick.  And while some of the grass will get burned by it, the upsides will outweigh the downsides.
 
                                        
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Thanks for the reply.  The company that makes it claims they've treated it so that it won't burn grass:
http://www.purebarnyard.com/cockadoodledoo/faq.asp#a14

Does that argument not sound convincing to you?
 
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Well, it is soothing ...  but I'm still skeptical. 

I think you will probably be fine with this stuff.  But I would prefer feather meal (the primary ingredient in the ringer stuff)
 
                                  
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The energy it would take to do all that kiln drying seems like it would tip the balance on this being an environmentally friendly product.  I mean, I guess it wouldn't be putting poison directly into the lawn that your children play on, but...
 
                                        
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I hadn't thought of that, but it makes a certain amount of sense.

Just to follow up on the burn issue... I applied it about 10 days ago and so far there are no signs of damage.  I can't say I've noticed any dramatic positive signs either, but I'm honestly not sure how long that's supposed to take.
 
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Chicken Manure fertilizer is a good product.  It's fairly inexpensive but, the coverage per bag isn't that great and, because it's a one ingredient fertilizer, you won't get the same results with it that you might from something like the Pro-Gro we sell at Dirt Works, which is made from things like rock phosphate, feather meal, bone meal, cotton seed meal, kelp etc..: http://www.dirtworks.net/Pro-Gro.html. ; Still, it's a fair bargain and there's lots of poultry manure in this country that needs a home!
  We sell a variety called Cheep-Cheep. http://www.dirtworks.net/Cheep-Cheep-Organic-Fertilizer.html. ; Some landscape companies we do business with use it exclusively for their client's lawns.  It works equaly well for garden plants too.  After all it's composted chicken poo, an old favorite for organic gardeners.
  Another thing to note is, it's all pretty much the same stuff, so, it doesn't matter much what brand you get.  Some companies would have us beleive that their chicken poo is better than some one elses chicken poo.  Until you get into the oragnic fertilizers made from multiple ingredients, there's little difference between one poo and another.
PEACE, John
 
                                
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I know that no one has posted to this in a while, but I just wanted to add that you can find the Ringer fertilizer at Home Depot.
 
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