The Master Gardener chapter that I am a member of is doing a series of gardening classes this spring and the speakers bureau asked if I would do a PowerPoint presentation on chickens … Of course I accepted! What a great opportunity to spread the news on how easy and enjoyable it is to have a flock of backyard chickens! As this is a gardening series and I’m more of a gardener than a farmer, I thought I would not only share the whys and hows of basic chicken keeping, but also how a gardener can benefit from having a few hens, as well as strategies to protect your garden from the ever hungry foraging birds …
- Self-Sufficiency and Sustainable Living
- Free fertilizer
- Heritage Chickens
- Ordinance Requirements
- Resources: online, books, local sites
Eggs (of course!): They supply you with beautiful, fresh eggs daily. Great tasting and proven to be more nutritious than store bought. According to research conducted by Mother Earth News, chickens allowed to roam freely and eat grass lay eggs that are higher in Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E and at the same time lower in cholesterol than store-bought eggs.
Your leftovers and surplus vegetables will never go in the trash again (reduces waste).
They provide you with an excellent fertilizer base (world’s best)…
One simple step to make you closer to self-sufficiency and sustainable living: Your leftovers (and garden extras) are fed to the chickens; their “fertilizer” is added into the compost bin (along with egg shells and coop bedding); this compost is worked into the garden soil; crops are planted and harvested, then the cycle starts over …
They reduce insect numbers (chemical-free bug and weed control)!