Chickens eliminate pests

dfcash55December 19, 2010

Chickens eat most insects. They dig up grubs in the fall, they eat grasshoppers and many other insects. I haven't had many insect problems since I got 4 chickens for my backyard. The only one they seem to attract is flies, but keeping the pen clean minimizes them.

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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

Yes, chickens can be a good help in the garden providing you live in an enlightened area that allows you to keep some. If you live in the typical sundivision where the houses are all made of tickey tacky and are all in a row and must maintain a neatly mowed, "weed" free, lawn you may not be able to.

    Bookmark   December 20, 2010 at 7:54AM
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Suzy_Bean

I understand the restrictions of the typical subdivision. If you live in a community that is more relaxed about having chickens, having 3-4 for a typical-sized yard can be really awesome though. In Paul Wheaton's podcast on methods for raising chickens, he talks about the pros and cons of different management systems. While some of the info is more helpful to people specifically focused on raising chickens, there is a lot of good info spread throughout that is good for anyone raising any number of chickens on any size property.

Here is a link that might be useful: Chicken podcast

    Bookmark   April 14, 2011 at 7:23PM
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