Backyard Chickens in the Garden

Are you thinking of getting some backyard chickens to complete the garden?

Most communities now have regulations allowing for chickens.

I started to think about raising chickens when I saw my neighbor’s chickens.

Chickens in the garden seem so pastoral. 

I didn’t really know anything about chickens so went to the library and read everything I could find about chickens. I searched the internet gleaning all I could about raising and caring for chickens.

Backyard Chickens need a few basics to survive

  1. Shelter from the elements
  2. Protection from predators (the neighbor’s dog)
  3. Food
  4. Water
  5. A place to roam and scratch looking for bugs

Next I .....

I bought a book on constructing a chicken coop.

I decided on what breed of chicken to buy. Did I want a standard or a bantam chickens?

I researched where to purchase baby chicks.

I read about how to raise baby chickens.

In the spring I was ready….. It was time to put my plan into action.

My first flock of chickens was a joy and wonder. My husband and I spent three weekends constructing a chicken coop. We built a run for the chickens to roam. By December that first year my chickens were starting to lay eggs. (You don’t need a rooster to have eggs)

After a long hard day at work, I would let the chickens out of the run to roam the yard.

I’d sit at watch as the chickens search for bugs ……. One would find a tasty morsel and soon the others would try to steal it, chasing each other trying to get the fat juicy bug.

The stress of the day started to melt away ...

I soon found that chickens came with some benefits to my garden other than eggs. I mixed the chicken litter with our grass clippings and we soon had rich compost for the garden beds.

Chickens scratching under my bushes kept the soil aerated. Chickens love slugs and bugs, and weeds and scraps. My chickens were easy to care for and help relieve my stress after a busy day. I was happy to have extra eggs to share with family and friends.

As you read the articles about chickens on this site, I hope you will add a few chickens to your garden as well……

Chicken Nutrition for the health of your flock.

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