I put manure in the round garden, the one that is used for vining plants and alternates as a rabbit range, I planned to let it sit until the rain that is forecast passes. Normally I would till in the manure, the tiller only gets used in this garden, and then make mounds for the pumpkins, and melons. I decided to leave the pen/garden open and let the chickens scratch the manure around and leave a little fresh manure also. I will spread their feed in the round garden for a couple weeks to encourage their scratching abilities.
I will touch on various chicken topics many times, but since I mentioned winter egg production let me explore that a bit. In most years I try to get some new hatches by April. I have on occasion pushed this date back so that when I hatch them (in the incubator) I don’t have to worry about keeping them warm as much. However, if the date is pushed back too much then the new chickens will not lay until the following spring as opposed to the fall. So if you want early eggs, get your chicks going early.