A number of free animal manure sources, such as chicken, cow, horse, rabbit or sheep, are available around Indianapolis. Take care when using manure. Un-composted or un-aged animal manure can contain human pathogens, such as Salmonella and fecal coliform organisms. If you are unsure whether or not manure has been aged or composted, then assume it has not and treat it accordingly.
According to the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, “Manures are considered fully composted when the pile or windrow reaches at least 130ºF for three consecutive days. This kills most plant and human diseases and weed seeds.”
U.S.D.A.’s National Organic Programs standard for using un-composted animal manure suggests “applying no less than 90 days prior to harvest if there’s no contact between crops and soil, (e.g., staked tomatoes) or 120 days prior to harvest if the crop is in contact with soil, (e.g., cabbage). Do not apply un-composted manure after crops are established. Fall application and incorporation is recommended for home gardeners.” For additional information on composting manure, see Composting Criteria for Animal Manure.
Do not use manure from pets, such as cats or dogs.
Here are free sources of manure around Indianapolis:
- Chicken and Rabbit manure
- Neighbor’s chicken coop
- Horse manure
Here are some sources of horse manure:
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
Lt. Becky Lake or Sgt. Dan Kelly
55 N. Tibbs Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46222
Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to about 4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri
Saturday, around 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Wednesday is best day for pick up, call first
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