Doo is powerful stuff. It can be a major problem, or a phenomenal resource. We choose to see it (and celebrate it!) as the latter. Here are a few details about the different “shirts” we recommend knowing and using.

CHICKEN SHIRT | Chicken “shirt” is a high-nitrogen manure that should be composted before it’s used in the garden. But what a powerhouse amendment! It’s a natural fit: keep a few hens for fresh eggs, and use their leavings to nourish your plants. More info.

GOAT TEE | Goat poo drops in pellets, meaning it’s safe for immediate use in the garden. But goats are high-ranking garden allies for another reason: they have varied and voracious appetites, making them invaluable invasive plant removers. More info.

BULL SHIRT | Cattle are very large, and they produce a large volume of manure. The rich poop is composted commercially and commonly made available as a stand-alone soil amendment or part of a balanced soil blend for growing gardens. More info.

HORSE SHIRT | Another big animal that makes quite a bit of helpful doo! Horse puckey is often full of undigested seedheads, which can make it challenging to use in the garden. But there’s always plenty of it…and used carefully, it can’t be beat. More info.

BAT TEE | Bat doo (a.k.a. guano) is mined from bat caves and sold commercially. It is an all-star organic amendment, but source matters: old guano is a limited resource, as many bat populations are threatened by disease and development. More info.

GO, DUCKS | We have great sports teams mascots in Oregon, ranging from Beavers to Timbers to Vikings to Pioneers, and we’re wary of singling out the Ducks. But we’ve found that ducks are unstoppable! Well, at least their poop is…

BUNNY DO | Another pellet pooper, rabbits can be a great addition to a sustainable garden. Like any other animal, the quality of what goes in influences the value of what comes out…so feed them well, and they will help you continue to grow.

BEE FRUITFUL | The first Doo Tee that doesn’t reference poop shows arguably the most important friendly garden animal: from Mason bees to “tickle” bees to honey bees, these sensitive insects are an absolute must in a sustainable garden. More info.

Additional resources: Composting Livestock Manure and Humanure Handbook.