[Market-farming] Free Range Chickens in the Garden
lh at pressroom.com
Sat May 17 20:51:57 EDT 2003
>Does anyone have any experience with using chickens within your
> Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
>I have ranged laying hens during the winter months in my market
>garden for years. They do a nice job cleaning up unpicked and
>spoiled tomatoes left on the vines and helping to incorporate garden
>residue into the soil. I'm not fussing about anything they leave
>behind in exchange. How else can you get paid eggs and meat for
>having manure spread on your fields? I keep them enclosed in
>electronet fence in order to keep them out of the overwintering
>spinach, onions, and garlic patches or from unmulching the
>strawberries. When spring comes and I'm back into serious planting
>then out to the pastures they go.
this sounds pretty much like our practice too. The electronet along
with a Pyrenees does a great job on keeping away our over abundant
predator population too.
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