Tiller Magic: Chickens in the Garden

You can let your chickens transform garden waste into compost right in your garden.

  • chickens pecking in the garden

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  • chickens pecking in the garden
    Let your chickens do the work of tilling your garden.
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  • chickens pecking in the garden
  • chickens pecking in the garden

I read on the MOTHER EARTH NEWS website that you favor open-ended raised beds to allow easy access with a tiller. I also use open-ended (4-by-32-foot) fenced raised beds. My chickens till the compost in the beds for six months, and then I move them to the adjacent bed to till, weed, fertilize and remove insect pests.

Every six months, I close the “tilled” compost bed, plant it and call it a garden. At harvest time, I open the old garden for the chickens and pile grass clippings, leaves, old bedding from the deep-litter chicken coop, shredded paper and daily kitchen scraps 3 feet deep. In six months, it becomes a garden again. Maximum output, minimum input, and any weed seeds raised to the ideal planting depth become chicken feed.

Robert Bradford
Pineville, Missouri

6/29/2021 3:18:15 PM

I am increasingly impressed on the benefits of having chickens in the garden and rotating them around similar to crop rotation. I never realized that they are "tillers" as well as "weed eaters" though. Good to know because I love my garden but despise weeding!!!

7/14/2014 5:44:47 AM

Converting garden waste into natural compost is an excellent idea. However also there is no cost money. Because of the use of chicken, we can get chicken egg also. This invention is an innovative invention. I am going try this one tomorrow. http://www.microsoftwindowstechs.com/how-to-remove-yahoo-toolbar-2/removing-yahoo-toolbar-from-your-firefox-browser/

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