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Chicken poo is pretty damn good but cat poo can contain toxiplasmosis (I think) and should not be scattered on or near food. Keep cats away from your veggie plot by crossing a worm with a dog. This underground dog will jump out and scar said cat.
I'm sure its mainly due to the nitrogen content as most fertilisers have a big nitrogen content in them which boosts plant growth, although horse dung has other micro organisms active in it as well.Cow slurry is used on farmland I think and Guano is also a good fertilizer.I'm not sure if it still goes on but when I was a kid there used to be human sewage treatment plants that filtered our waste. They extracted the liquid which was treated and the solids were then warmed enough in a large sealed container to bio degrade. This gave off methane in excess which was taped and used and when the solids were bio degraded they were then packaged and used as fertilizer.
Actually, horse poo is only useful after a good few months' on a compost heap.
i think MOST animals' poo should make good fertilizer. the only exception i can think of is birds who might not because they have such high concentrations of urea (or ureic acid, or something like that... its been years since i've had animal physiology) basically they poop and pee together. may not be good for plants.i think the main reason cow manuer is used primarily is just due to the amount available.
Chicken poo can be good, but it needs to be used sparingly as it tends to burn your plants.. it is very strong... Bat Guano is very very good and it breaks down more over time and not all at once so it provides more of a time released feeding of poop joy!Now cow manure is good also but you can over do it too.. I think the nitrogen levels can get to high if you over do it. But it works well.. It is still less potent then others.. less chance of hurting your plants. It is cheaper here I believe because we are a huge dairy area and like Justin said it is readily available.. We use bat Guano a lot in Humbodlt, many people keep bat boxes and collect the droppings for that purpose around here.