This photo shows you just how efficient chickens are when it comes to clearing land. My five little hens cleared a 15’x20’ area in approximately one month. The only thing I did was rake the dried grass and weeds out of the area after they did their thing. The chickens did the rest. I kid you not!
As a bonus, the girls left behind a little fertilizer. Chicken manure is super rich in nitrogen and the best organic fertilizer available. I plan on adding more of this valuable commodity from a pile of “coop cleanings” that is now composting. It’s important to let the manure break down in a compost pile for several months before using it. If you apply fresh chicken manure to your vegetable garden, it could seriously harm/kill your plants. The amount they produce while they till isn’t enough to do any damage. From what I can tell, chickens do most of their pooping while roosting at night!
Don’t worry about my chickens having to work for their room and board. They enjoy being outside eating bugs and grass. It’s what chickens do! This summer, when they are no longer allowed in the garden, they will be rewarded with extra produce. As a matter of fact, I am going to plant watermelon and pumpkins just for them. In turn, they will give me delicious eggs and more fertilizer. I can’t think of a more perfect relationship!
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