Hi from the Bitterroot Valley, MT...and some questions

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Hillia, Sep 3, 2013.

  1. Hillia

    Hillia New Egg

    Mar 17, 2013
    Hi! My husband and I recently moved to this area and bought a home with 5 acres. I'm looking forward to starting my flock and my garden at the same time next spring. I have an idea that seems brilliant :) so I'm wondering what I'm missing...

    My goal is to have a nice sized garden and a self-sustaining flock of ~20 chickens. My thought is this: I'll fence off an area about 2.5 times the size that I want for my garden. In the middle, I'll build a decent size coop/garden shed, and then split the garden in half with fencing. Each year I'll use one half for garden and the other half for a chicken run, switching year to year. I'll let the chickens have the garden half each year for a few months before planting - I've read that chicken manure has too much nitrogen and will burn plants if it's not allowed to age a bit before use. I'd need a separate, non-chicken-accessible area for any perennials I want to grow, like berries and asparagus, but otherwise it seems like the chickens would get the benefit of a nice sized run, and they'd do some weed/pest control for me before planting time each year.

    What problems am I not seeing with this plan?
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC, and congratulations on your new home. Sounds like a great idea to me. I'm almost certain that somewhere on site is a schematic/plan from someone with the same idea.
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Hillia, and [​IMG]! Happy you joined our flock! I like your plan - hope it all works out!
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  6. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC! I'd love to see pictures once it's built.
  7. SonOFABA-VP

    SonOFABA-VP New Egg

    Aug 31, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2013
  8. SonOFABA-VP

    SonOFABA-VP New Egg

    Aug 31, 2013
    I've used my chickens for weed control. When I get a weed problem, I toss their feed into the patch for about a week. By the time they're done digging and scratching, I'm down to bare dirt - ready to plant grass, etc. It works better if you take a straw broom and sweep the droppings. I screen out the doo-doo. I don't even trim my lilacs anymore. I toss wheat under them and the chickens do the rest.

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