Chicken weeding experiment

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by Christabean, Apr 11, 2017.

  1. Christabean

    Christabean Out Of The Brooder

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    Just thought I would share these pictures as a great example of what chickens do to plants . . . I set up temporary fencing to let my chickens prepare a vegetable bed in the long-disused driveway. These were taken 15 days apart. I only have 4 chickens and they have at least this much room again in their run, plus plenty of good feed and food scraps. I pulled a few big clumps and obviously hauled off the scrap wood/junk that was hiding under the weeds, but this lawn-mowing is all chicken work. And during this time they laid about 50 eggs. Best free yard workers ever! But the little brats do go for the roses before they bother with grass stems once the leaves are gone!

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  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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    And, that is what chickens are for!
     
  4. RollTideChicken

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    Haha holy crap that's a good idea.
     
  5. Rooster one

    Rooster one Out Of The Brooder

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    I believe they will eat grass and weeds as well as most goats will.
     
  6. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    They'll also scratch and peck out the seeds preventing the next generation of weeds too. Consider it "Preemptive weeding".
     
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  7. Chandra Prater

    Chandra Prater Out Of The Brooder

    My girls free range most of the time and, sure enough, no weeds. No other plants, either, but hey, no weeds...
     

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