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Feeding 30 chickens for free

This article was great and belongs to so many discussions on growing soil and keeping chickens and how to raise livestock without grain...

It’s difficult for some to come up with a cubic yard of compost every week, but if you can, WOW! I’m building a chicken run to surround my garden, and I think I can incorporate this idea.


  • seeker.nancy - Central Texasseeker.nancy - Central Texas Posts: 803 ✭✭✭✭

    When I lived on our family farm we situated the chicken pen (20 x50 ft) at the back of one section of the garden. I loved the setup because I could just toss the scraps after cleaning the veges or any spoiled ones over the fence. They especially loved it when I was out early in the morning to catch any tomato horn worms on the plants and in the late afternoons to catch grasshoppers. Those girls would book to the fence if they saw me headed their way lol. I do miss my chickens 😒

  • frogvalleyfrogvalley Posts: 581 ✭✭✭✭

    This is great @Megan Venturella ! We fed our chickens store bought feed and they made me sick - literally. It turned out that I learned quickly that what they ate, I ate. I am allergic to wheat, so we had to find other food sources for them (and me). We are down the street from a hydroponic salad grower which always tons of leftovers. Once we switched their diet, I was fine. Those chickens took care of our compost, roses, lawn and the garden while giving the best eggs.

  • Denise GrantDenise Grant Posts: 1,969 admin

    I make use of chickens helping me make more compost and it does cut down on the feed bill.

    I hope they don't catch on to me using them as farm hands. They will be sending me a bill

    @seeker.nancy - Central Texas Chickens make you laugh when they are waiting for their free food and handouts

    @Megan Venturella The chicken run around your garden does help with insects and even protection your garden to a degree

  • TaveTave Posts: 595 admin

    What an interesting article! It's a win-win:)

  • dipat2005dipat2005 Posts: 378 ✭✭✭

    Thank you for a very interesting way of raising and feeding chickens. I wish when we had chickens I had thought of some of these ideas. I didn't know about using food scraps with chickens. I was raising the chickens partly for the kids and for the eggs. Also we had some tasty chickens too.

  • Annie KateAnnie Kate Eastern Ontario, CanadaPosts: 519 ✭✭✭✭

    One of my favorite parts of gardening was always the chickens clucking for their treats on the other side of the fence, but last year we had none. We grew a super squash crop in their area, but I really missed them, just like you do, @seeker.nancy - Central Texas The kids are done with taking care of chickens, and I'm considering doing it myself now.

    @frogvalley What sort of a deal did you make with the salad growers? I'm wondering if unsalable produce from a regular grocery store would be OK.

  • jolanta.wittibjolanta.wittib Posts: 520 admin

    @Megan Venturella a very interesting article. I produce loads of compost and use in my high vegetable beds. I plan to buy 5 chicken and now I am thinking how to arrange my garden so that chicken had free access to compost. Thank you for the ideas

  • SuperCSuperC Cook at Wahlburgers The Frozen Tundra in the Northern MidwestPosts: 371 ✭✭✭

    @Megan Venturella this is great news! And for your garden to thrive! Awesome!

  • frogvalleyfrogvalley Posts: 581 ✭✭✭✭

    @Annie Kate The growers where I got the salad are right down the street and I used to work for them. It never hurts to ask for things be it fish heads, salad or what nots. Nothing ventured, nothing gained as they say. They also had a dumpster in the back and people could get things out of there.

  • Annie KateAnnie Kate Eastern Ontario, CanadaPosts: 519 ✭✭✭✭

    @frogvalley that is true. Thank you for the reminder!

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