I'm looking for some good sh*t. I mean really good stuff. Not just any kind of sh*t but really good chicken manure for our Tilapia ponds.
In my previous blog posts, I noted that we started building some ponds out in the back of our resort for water retention and to raise fish. We decided to make it as organic as possible, and decided not to use commercially produced fish food but to raise our own duckweed and other edible plants for food. So now the task is to source some high quality products for the venture. First on our list was finding organic fertilizer - specifically organic chicken manure.
You would think that with all the chickens being raised here in Thailand that there would be a large variety to choose from. But that is not the case. The industry is dominated by the CP Foods Group and other large corporate chicken growers. They produce almost all the stuff for the country's big franchises (KFC, McD, etc.) and dominate most of the chain food markets. They do an excellent job of creating the perfect size and shape of chicken for these markets, and thus they also have tons of manure. My only concern with this manure is my belief that its tainted with residual hormones, antibiotics, and other stuff that the chickens expelled when they were forced fed to grow large quickly. All the stuff that didn't go into the chicken came out the other end...into the poop! Now use that same poop in the pond water?...nope not in our ponds.
At this point, I want to clear up some misinformation about chicken sh*t in ponds. The fish do not eat the stuff. The manure is used to fertilize the pond water and make it turn green with blue green algae. The fish eat the algae and other plants and are primarily vegetarians. They do eat bugs, etc,, but do not eat fish meal or other products unless its embedded in the fish food. This is one of the reasons we want to exclude using commercial fertilizers and fish food for our Tilapia crop.
Anyway, after some searching, we think we found a source for high quality, organic chicken manure just over the hill in Nakhon Ratchasima. They claim to have the best factory in Thailand and their prices are not cheap. Here is the link to their site: http://www.pui-in-see.com/
|Its pellets not the raw stuff|
Armed with that info, I think a fun day trip over to the factory might be the way to go...or on the other hand, just ordering a shipment might be wiser since I heard that really good sh*t takes a while to ferment - so the factory might not be a pleasant place to visit. I want to preserve my nose for now. Seriously, the manure has been fermented and is made into pellets and thus the finished product no longer smells like raw chicken manure.
I will post more on this topic once I get my sh*t together later in the week.