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Posted 10th June 2010, 10:11 AM
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Pigeon Manure as Fertilizer?


I've been doing tons of research and have not found a single website or page that was detailed enough in describing the steps necessary to to create fertilizer from pigeon manure. Has anyone had any success in doing so? I've read that pigeon manure is very helpful in plants once in the form of fertilizer but I dont know how to do it! I have pigeons and I'm looking for an alternative for their manure. I also need other questions answered. So is it safe to use pigeon manure for things that are to be eaten? for example vegetables. Also i read that it is not advised to use the manure once the pigeons are sitting on eggs. is this true? then lastly, is it okay to use baby pigeon manure because I've noticed that they are slightly different from that of the parents. Aside from being smaller they smell different and are watery. any help would be appreciated and again please be as detailed as possible! thanks a ton guys.


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Posted 10th June 2010, 10:27 AM
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As long as the birds are healthy, I have no problem putting it in the garden - no matter which birds it is from. During the off season for your garden, you can just dump it directly in. But if you want to apply it while there are plants growing, you may want to compost it first. The reason being, is that pigeon droppings are very high in nitrogen, and applying it directly to plants without composting, can burn them.
Don't worry about getting sick from the things you eat in the garden. Just give the vegetables a good washing, and all will be fine
Putting table scraps in the garden is also great for fertilizer. Around here, just about all we have is that lovely red clay mud. My grandfather used to put all the peelings, egg shells, and any other scraps like that, in the garden, as well as ashes from the woodstove, and leaves/grass from mowing and raking the yard. It probably got all that good stuff for about 60 years. Now that red clay is black dirt that everything grows in!
Really the only thing you'll want to try avoid getting in your garden is non-composted wood. So if what you want to put in your garden is a lot of wood shavings with little droppings, you may want to compost it for a while with a lot of organic stuff. The reason why is the bacteria that decomposes wood requires a lot of nitrogen. If they can't get what they need from the wood, they'll start taking it from the soil - and therefore, from the plants. But if you've got a lot of droppings mixed in with it, then those little bacteria should have all they need without hurting the plants
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I wouldn't use it on vegetables because, well, I like my food without poop xD. But I don't think it'd be bad if you have healthy birds.
Be careful with the pigeon poop because there are very delicate plants who will not appreciate it, as it's very rich in nitrogen.
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Here's some composting stuff. I just learned that pigeon/bird droppings are also very high in phosphorus That makes two of the 3 main macronutrients plants need (Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium). So why not use it if you've got it?
http://www.primalseeds.org/compost.htm#wha
http://www.keeping-chickens.co.uk/ch...e-compost-bin/
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I put the pigeon poop in my compost pile.-till it in good-Then the garden.
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We put it in the compost bins and let it mature, and in time it comes out the bottom nice and crumbly and ready for the garden. There's a guy next but one to Cynthia who uses the results for his potato crop, and swears it's the best fertilizer he ever used

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Let me share something which we do here in this mainland

Almost all kinds of poops are used as fertilizers in our fields, starting from garden plants to the commercial vegetable plantations. This include that obtained from cow, buffalo, ox, goats, sheep, chicken etc. People who keep pigeon and who gets adequate amounts of pigeon poop use them also. These are all dried in the sun, crushed and powdered and again left in sun, its not burned. In raw form its used in bio gas plants as an alternative to cooking gas.

Specific to pigeon poop, its more hot compared to other manure, so you will need to increase the amount of water poured to the vegetation/flowering plants.
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Thanks guys. The information here was very useful. I have never done any composting work before and I was thinking if the rumors were true, why not put in pigeon droppings too?! again thanks for the responses, I shall start it soon!
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I am new here but I wanted to share a comment on this thread. Pigeon droppings have been used as a fertilizer since the middle ages, and earlier (they used them in ancient times too). It was like gold, because it is one of the best fertilizers containing more nurtrients for plants than horse or cow manure.

I've read a lot about how to make Pigeon Dropping Tea to water vegetables with. It stinks so be warned, wear appropriate clothing and gloves and all while handling.

To make Pigeon Dropping Tea, collect a good sized amount of droppings. Make sure they are dry. If they are not dry, allow them to dry (spread them out somewhere to dry). Put them in an old pillow case. Weight them. Fill a large plastic barrel with a lid with 10 times the weight of water to droppings. Place the closed pillow case in the barrel and let sit 3-4 weeks, stirring regularly.

This forms a concentrate. When using this, dilute the concentrate 1:20 with water. So, 1 cup of concentrate Pigeon Droppings Tea with 19 cups of water. You can then water vegetables with this. Be sure not to pour it directly onto the plants, but rather around them. It will stink to high heaven, but is the best natural fertilizer you can get.

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PS. I have a terrestrial orchid that grows next to a tree that is next to a nest (lol) so there are a few dropping on the soil. (Mind you, the pot is very small and the orchid too so "a few droppings" are a lot xD). I still haven't seen anything bad and since it was growing fine I just let them stay.
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When I clean my loft I just put the poop right in the garden. Sometimes I put it on the ground under the plants and it seams to be doing great. What I don't put on plants i put on unused parts of the garden and they will be ready for next year.
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i want to make compost tea


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Yes we use it here also and its absolutely no problem for veggies and fruits, plants flowers and trees even for the grass, just dry it in the sun, crush and powder it once its powdered you can sprinkle it all over and lots of water as with all fertilizers grass turns very nice and green everything looks nice and healthy.
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Ive heard it has a neutral PH so it won't burn your plants wet or dry. But Ive never really tried it. Its going into the tomatoes this year..

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I would imagine it is like chicken poop when it comes to fertilizer. It would probably be best to put on in the fall and let seep throughout the winter. Otherwise with fresh poop it might be too strong and burn your plants/seeds. Otherwise as long as it is good and dry, I dont see it doing any harm.
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