Can chicken manure be a source of plant nutrients when combined with a hydroponic system……a chicken aquaponics system?
Chicken manure, as fertilizer, has been applied in soil-based farming applications throughout history. It is a preferred fertilizer, rich in potassium, nitrogen, and phosphorus; the essential elements of any good plant food and the same nutrients applied in hydroponic systems.
Why is chicken manure not used in hydroponic applications? Based on our research, it is evident there are less risky sources of the same nutrients. Most notably, artificial plant nutrients used in A+B hydroponics solutions sold online. Chicken waste is prone to dangerous bacteria such as salmonella, E. coli, and cryptosporidium. If not properly managed, fresh chicken manure can pose severe health risks to humans when incorporated into aquaponic applications.
Why experiment with Chicken Aquaponics? First, synthetic fertilizers are extracted from resources that evolved naturally over millions of years. We will eventually run out of these fossil resources. 85% of store-bought A+B nutrient solutions are harvested from these limited reserves. Second, aquaponic systems that use fish waste as a nutrient source are complex and incorporate overly complicated systems requiring constant management and supervision. This makes AP systems expensive and out of reach of people living in endemic poverty.
Proposition: If we can develop a safe, easily reproducible aquaponic system that uses chicken waste as a sustainable source of plant nutrients, we can then provide relief for needy people around the world by giving them a daily source of protein and nutrient-rich greens. This sustainable system would also be attractive to minimalists, preppers, environmentalists, homesteaders, and survivalists.
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