How long do you 'age' fresh manure?
They say that before adding manure to your soil, it should be aged. Is there any particular method to aging? How long should it be aged?
My situation is that I have a one acre lot that we're having a house built on. The soil is clay loam with a 1.4% organic matter content. I'm in Oklahoma right now and due to this winter's ice storm, there's a lot of chipped wood I can get for free (or at least, for the effort of going to pick it up). I plan to rototill in a lot of wood chips and some high nitrogen fertilizer.
I am going to explore getting some manure, but I figure the only stuff easily available will be fresh stuff. I can pile it on the property for most of a year and let it decay, or it would be easier to till it in right away. Getting the amount of compost I need is cost prohibitive. I will be setting up a compost pile as soon as I move there, which will be a month or two from now.
If I can get some fresh manure, how do I handle it?