If you are on the campus of the University of Colorado and smell an unusual odor, don’t worry. It’s probably just the chicken poop.
CU officials announced earlier this year the university planned to move away from using chemical herbicides and would opt for more natural alternatives instead. The result is a new change to use chicken waste on lawns as a natural fertilizer. The chicken poop or “poultry waste” does have an odor to it, officials are warning students and the community. People may also notice a dust that emerges when the natural fertilizer is applied. Despite the odor and potential for dust, there is no concern as far as health and safety of the product goes, CU officials say.
CU is obtaining the new natural fertilizer from a Colorado company based in Platteville called The Richlawn Company.
The chicken poop fertilizer product is a dry one.
This new change comes about from CU’s goal to move toward using fewer chemical pesticides on its grounds on campus. Students have encouraged the move to eliminate herbicides on campus.
The goal to reduce synthetic pesticides and herbicides on campus comes with a price tag beyond some dust and potential smell of chicken poop in the air. The move is expected to cost CU up to $90,000 more on an annual basis.