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Chickens for gardening! Taking advantage of their presence

Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:20 pm
by Alaura02
Chickens have many many benefits that most people don't know about. For example they make great pets, they make butt nuggets (aka eggs) almost every morning, they make for eggcelent bug removal, best gardeners EVER and the list goes on and on! But we will just focus on the gardening aspect for now ;).


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Re: Chickens for gardening! Taking advantage of their presence

Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:40 pm
by Alaura02
Chicken manure is rich with nutrients and nitrogen that plants absolutely love! And because I have 8 chickens I have an endless supply of manure to add to my compost. Since my girls are out free ranging during the day and sleep in the coop at night it is pretty easy to collect their droppings that are left in nice piles they leave me throughout the night.
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What I choose to do when cleaning out the coop is to take a shovel full of manure and the wood shavings and throw into my garden in process or if you have a separate compost you could add it there.






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Re: Chickens for gardening! Taking advantage of their presence

Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:55 pm
by Alaura02
Now onto the compost itself...

Not only does the manure add nutrients to the soil but it helps break down the green and brown materials much faster than usual. If you want to try chicken manure composting remember because of the extra nitrogen you will have to add alot more brown materials to keep the PH balanced :)

My compost right now: From bottom to top
- soil
- grass clippings
- manure
- dried leaves
- grass clippings
- manure
- soil

Because I am currently processing a smaller raised bed garden I am able to put a moveable fence around it and put a few girls at a time in it during the day to mix it up for me! The only thing I have to do is water it down and switch out different hens!
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Re: Chickens for gardening! Taking advantage of their presence

Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 6:53 am
by Ava R.
What breeds are they?


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Re: Chickens for gardening! Taking advantage of their presence

Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 5:48 pm
by Alaura02
Ava R. wrote:What breeds are they?


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All my hens are different breeds...
Silver laced Cochin
Cukoo Maran
Blue mottled bantam Cochin
Black bantam Cochin
Barnvelder
Americuana
Buff orpington
:)

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Re: Chickens for gardening! Taking advantage of their presence

Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 5:49 pm
by Alaura02
Alaura02 wrote:
Ava R. wrote:What breeds are they?


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All my hens are different breeds...
Silver laced Cochin
Cukoo Maran
Blue mottled bantam Cochin
Black bantam Cochin
Barnvelder
Americuana
Buff orpington
:)

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Oh and a bardu d'anver

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Re: Chickens for gardening! Taking advantage of their presence

Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:10 pm
by Sanna
Great topic! I've heard that you can use chickens to clear out garden beds (=eat the last roots, left over veggies and so on), which is supposed to be an efficient process AND give manure where it's needed. :) Have you tried that?

Re: Chickens for gardening! Taking advantage of their presence

Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:42 pm
by Alaura02
Sanna wrote:Great topic! I've heard that you can use chickens to clear out garden beds (=eat the last roots, left over veggies and so on), which is supposed to be an efficient process AND give manure where it's needed. :) Have you tried that?
Yep sure have! I had a completely over grow patch of garden and within a few days it was clear enough to start watering it down and fertilizing:)

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Re: Chickens for gardening! Taking advantage of their presence

Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:39 pm
by bluebutterfly123
I would love to have a few chickens here.. They would de help with the pesky bug populations.. Lol.. But unfortunately it's against our city law atm.. Hopefully they are planning on changing it soon

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Re: Chickens for gardening! Taking advantage of their presence

Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:43 pm
by Alaura02
bluebutterfly123 wrote:I would love to have a few chickens here.. They would de help with the pesky bug populations.. Lol.. But unfortunately it's against our city law atm.. Hopefully they are planning on changing it soon

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For sure! I have heard alot of people have put together a letter for city hall explaining why chickens are not just farm animals. Ever thought about doing something like that with others in your community?

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Re: Chickens for gardening! Taking advantage of their presence

Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:35 pm
by Ava R.
I wish!!


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