I’ve been reading a book called Start With the Soil.  It’s a pretty good read and a book that I will probably need to re-read a couple of times to really understand half of what is in it.  It’s full of all kinds of information about fungi, bacteria, nematodes, cations, anions, and manure.

Considering I had just unloaded a five gallon bucket of chicken poo into the compost bin, I was keenly interested.  I mean, I know chicken poo is great for my compost.  I know it’s loaded with nitrogen.  But it’s good to know how the chicken poo stacks up to other poo.

The NPK numbers as percentages are as follows

Cow:  N(0.6)    P(0.2)  K(0.5)

Horse:   N(0.7)      P(0.3)     K(0.6)

Chicken:    N(1.1)      P(0.8)     K(0.5)

NICE!  My chicken poo was stacking up pretty good!

Then I noticed the rabbit poo numbers:

N(2.4)     P(1.4)    K(0.6)

That’s CRAZY!  Rabbit poo sounds phenomenal!  Not to discount the great work that my ladies have been doing.  I mean, all things considered they are pooping machines, but wow, those rabbits are amazing!

I’ve considered getting rabbits a number of times to raise them for meat but it just doesn’t seem practical in my part of the country considering they would need to be housed in a climate controlled environment.  I do have a friend that has a few rabbits as pets… hmmm… I think I’ll have to see if he is currently taking advantage of this potent poo.

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10 Responses to Poo

  1. FreeRangeCow says:

    This isn’t related to poo, but I found a ton of seeds while “autumn cleaning” this weekend. It made me think of you. I hope to plant 100% from seedlings this spring, thanks to your inspiration!

  2. Poo is where it is at. Horse poo has been doing a great job for us. 🙂

  3. valbjerke says:

    Sheep and goat poo is some of the best – you don’t have to compost it – it can go directly onto your garden – problem is, most sheep and goats aren’t confined – they’re out grazing – so not much poo collecting to be done.

    • I don’t have too much access to sheep poo otherwise I would have listed it. It came in almost identical to the cow, accept a little higher on the K. Almost all cases, I just use what I can get for $0. 🙂

      • valbjerke says:

        Yep – free is always the best – I’m fortunate to have lots and lots of several different kinds – at least I try to think of it as ‘fortunate’ 😃

  4. Keith, just about any kind of poo is good for the garden. Our zoo actually sells elephant poo to local gardeners. I’m with you though on the free poo for the garden. I have a source of horse poo but just haven’t really taken advantage of it. It’s about a 30 minute drive from my garden and well, I just don’t have a good way to hauling it without really making my truck stinky. The yard waste from the neighborhood is much easier to handle and much less stinky. :0)

    Have a great day in the Arizona garden.

  5. LuckyRobin says:

    Rabbit manure is amazing for the garden. And for the lawn. Though they generate a ton of it. I swear they poop their body weight in about 3 days. Unless a rabbit owner has extensive gardens they are likely more than happy to give it away or sell it for pretty cheap. I fill up a 50 pound feed sack sometimes and give it to neighbors who ask.

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