Vegetable garden chickens
For years now I have been trying to incorporate chickens (little silkies which lay smallish eggs) into my garden plan. My orginal soil is/was very deficient (clay and/or white shaley stuff) and their droppings have really helped the ecology of the garden area. HOWEVER, it takes a lot of management to keep them happy and the plants happy and ALIVE. So far this year the place is humming since I built a lot of raised vegetable beds and created "stay out zones." I'd love to hear from anyone who has been trying to do this. I want my chickens to be as close to "free range" as possible. Right now they are wolfing up the bugs in two compost bins I just emptied. I've been thinking about building some type of worm bin garden box that can be opened now and then for the chickens to work through for worms to provide extra protein. Their "house-run" is the collection point right now for "chicken-poop" straw to incorporate into the compost bins. There is a real need for nitrogen in this area so the chicken manure is a valuable ingredient. Any good ideas out there?