Some tips for using chicken manure in a vegetable garden are not to place fresh manure directly on or around plants and to wear gloves when handling raw manure. If working with fresh manure is not ideal, it can be purchased in pellet or powder form.
Fresh chicken manure can burn delicate plants and potentially contaminate them with harmful bacteria. Chicken manure should be composted or aged for several months before being used as a fertilizer. Alternatively, it can be tilled into the soil when it is not growing season. Never touch raw manure with bare hands. These precautions are not necessary when using processed manure from a garden store.