Ep. 109 Chickens and the Garden

Queren King-Orozco shares her experience with keeping both chickens and a garden on her property, and how the two benefit each other.

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Three free range chickens at backyard garden near Dallas, Texas, America. Marans breed barred feathering laying hen chick pecking in natural settings at vegetable allotment

In this episode of Mother Earth News and Friends, In this episode, Queren King-Orozco shares her experience with keeping chickens in and around her garden. Learn how a chicken flock can benefit your garden beds and vice versa, as well as how to address challenges that come from having these poultry pecking around your plants.


Queren King-Orozco lives on a homestead with her family on the Kansas prairie with a free-range flock of 45 hens. This is their fourth year selling eggs to their community. You might recognize her from previous Mother Earth News videos, especially the chick hatching episodes. Queren has spent several years gardening, chicken keeping, and learning aromatherapy from Aromahead Studies.

Additional Resources:

Follow Queren on Instagram @AmongTheThistle

Learn about Brinsea and their trusted incubation innovations.

Learn from Queren in our online “Poultry 101” course about how to raise a healthy flock.

Our Podcast Team: Carla Tilghman and Jessica Mitchell

Music “In Awareness” by Andy G. Cohen.

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