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  • Is chicken or other manure good for fig tree as fertilizer ?

    Please advise if chicken or other manure is good for fig tree being in ground or container as fertilizer or not. Thanks.............

  • #2
    The hot manures such as chicken or horse, should be composted and/or aged, first. Used fresh, they will burn. Rabbit manure can be used fresh lightly, without burning.
    Gary USDA 9A
    Sebastopol, CA

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    • pacifica
      pacifica commented
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      How do I know if the chicken manure from Home Depot or Lowe's etc packed in a retail bag is composted or aged and not fresh? Fresh means to get direct from the farms ? How to apply manure to the fig trees being in ground and container to avoid mistake by burning the roots as warned Thanks..........

  • #3
    Yes they can be used as Gary has indicted (Composted/Aged) and Rabbit manure can also be used as a "Fresh" Manure Tea.
    Pete R - Hudson Valley, NY - zone 5b

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    • #4
      Is chicken manure from Home Depot or Lowe's sold in a retail bag considered as composted ? What does it mean by fresh manure ? Does it means to get from the farms direct ?

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      • AscPete
        AscPete commented
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        I've raised both chickens and rabbits and thought that the question was referring to using your "homegrown" manures...

        I would never use purchased manures because I have no idea what the animal were given (Feed and Medications). Organic fertilizers like

        Espoma Garden-tone, Plant-tone, etc have all the required nutrients, micro-nutrients and are much more cost effective, they can also be used to make excellent compost when mixed with waste plant materials due to the included Beneficial Microbes.

      • pacifica
        pacifica commented
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        Thanks Pete. People keeps telling me better to use rabbit manure and not chicken, cattle, sheep etc. but I have no way to find any rabbit manure in the retail shops here in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. It might be available in some farms but I have no contact at all.

    • #5
      The stuff Home Depot or Lowes sells is composted.
      Fig & Blackberry Farmer in Sunol, CA.

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      • pacifica
        pacifica commented
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        Noted with many thanks. So I should be safe to put just a little chicken manure on top of the soils to begin with right ?
        Last year, I inserted with fruit spikes for my fig tree as fertilizer. How does it compare to chicken manure? which one is better if I only choose one ? Thanks in advance for your further advice.

      • smatthew
        smatthew commented
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        So fruit spikes are "inorganic" and chicken manure is "organic". Some people say that a pot isn't a good place for "organic" since it experiences such temperature swings. But I think the pots we're talking about, i.e. 1+ gallons can definitely handle organic matter as a top dressing.

        If the fruit spikes worked for you, continue to use them. Try to find ones that are complete and have all the micronutrients.

      • pacifica
        pacifica commented
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        Thanks very much smatthew.

    • #6
      I was thinking of picking some of this up from a local nursery.
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      Don - OH Zone 6a Wish list: Zaffiro, Moro de Caneva, Nerucciolo d'Elba, Bordissot Blanca Negra, Rubado

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      • #7
        As SMattew said the bagged crap is already composted. You can use fresh chicken manure on figs IF you spread it lightly and IF it is on top of mulch. The mulch steals some of the nitrogen temporarily using it to break down the mulch and when it is finished gives the nitrogen back to the the plants slowly. My ducks like certain fig trees to shade under and they build up a lot of waste under it and does no harm but it is mulched.
        Cutting sales have ended for the season. Plant sales will start March 1 at 8 eastern time. If it is still too cold in your area I can hold your plants till a date of your choosing.

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        • pacifica
          pacifica commented
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          Thanks WillsC

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        I have several fig trees planted in my chicken yard and they are by far the healthiest of all ...........
        Brian
        Chackbay LA Zone 9A

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        • #9
          A tip another grower gave me (he uses cow manure exclusively for his figs) is to try to germinate brassica seedlings (kale, cabbage, collard greens) in the manure. If they grow, it's not too hot. If they die, it needs further composting.

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          • #10
            Thanks for the tip. When I was in Bangkok, Hong Kong and Malaysia last year, I was not able to find fig fruits from Thailand perhaps I did not go to the right for it. However, I did try some fig fruits in Hong Kong imported from South Africa. They were just OK. I always enjoy eating many fresh fruits in Bangkok. Is Thailand exporting any fig fruits to most Asian countries ?

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            • ThaiFigs
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              There is no dried fig fruit exported from Thailand because we don't have the wasp and most dried figs have seeds. We do have growers exporting cuttings and air laters around SE Asia, and selling fresh fruit locally to their farms. The short shelf life in the tropical heat makes marketing fruit difficult here.

            • pacifica
              pacifica commented
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              Thanks ThaiFig

          • #11
            U want chicken @@@@, come on over I have 24 chickens
            Zone 7a Galloway, NJ

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            • #12
              I use rabbit turds, they are the best.
              Rafael
              Zone 10b, Miami, FL

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              • COGardener
                COGardener commented
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                Where do you find rabbit manure Rafael? Neighbors?

              • pacifica
                pacifica commented
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                Hi Rafael, I heard Rabbit manure or turds is good, but I can't get this from Home Depot, Lowe's or some local nurseries here in Vancouver, B.C. Canada.

              • Rafaelissimmo
                Rafaelissimmo commented
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                Scott, a neighbor has a rabbit hutch, he sells a huge bag of turds for $7.00!!!
                Pacifica, you will not find rabbit turds in any store, find a rabbit breeder near you or you can get a box for $10-$20 on ebay.

            • #13
              Hey Scott, start with some of these guys https://www.google.com/search?q=cana...obile&ie=UTF-8

              I bet you will find rabbit poop in no time at all.
              Jerry, Canyon Lake TX 8b

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