homework based on chickens, need help

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by eckomachine, Nov 4, 2008.

  1. eckomachine

    eckomachine New Egg

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    Alright, i was wondering if i could get someone's help who is an expert on chickens and rasing them. here is the question i have to answer and i have to write about 2 paragraphs.



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    Research summer free ranging and how chickens might be put to good use in cultivation. Consider the daily requirements of water and the need for coop cleaning and how the compost will be used. Describe the above in a paragraph or two.
     
  2. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    Well expert I am not, but I will give you some insight to help you.

    "Research summer free ranging and how chickens might be put to good use in cultivation. Consider the daily requirements of water and the need for coop cleaning and how the compost will be used."

    Free ranging chickens spent their days scratching in the soil, eating bugs and pests and in essence are little feathered tillers. They aeriate the soil and proivde valuable nitrogen to the soil. Their feces is very high nitrogen and therefore, a great agent for composting and gardening in general.

    An adult hen will drink a gallon of water per day in very hot summer weather. Coop cleaning is usually done on a maintenance of scooping the coop as you would a horse stall, a couple times per week. The coop would be completely cleaned out and sanitized twice yearly. Coop maintenance is not a big chore but it does require som time either daily or weekly.

    Chickens are very efficient when they free range because they require less provided commerical food.

    Using chickens in garden beds to turn the soil, fertilize and aeriate is an efficient gardening benefit. They do most of the work for you and enrich the soil in the process. They also benefit from the bugs they eat, the soil itself is used as grit to grind their food in the crop and they eat weeds and leftover veggies in the garden.

    Hope that helps you some.
     
  3. purr

    purr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2008
    east freetown, ma
    have to just add that you will burn vegetation with fresh droppings so using rotating crop method is best.
    free range on this acreage farm on that acreage.next year switch and place vegetation where the chickens were and put chickens where the garden was last year.
     
  4. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    I would add the potential pest control benifit that you get by using chickens in the garden situation as well. They eat harmful insects such as slugs, catapillars and grasshoppers.
     
  5. waynesgarden

    waynesgarden Feathers of Steel

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    I'd add that a major part of writing a couple of paragraphs about a topic for homework is to help develop a student's research skills. Doing this student's homework for him/her defeats the purpose.

    If he/she has the skills to find this forum and type a request for us to do the homework, I believe he/she has the skills to do some simple research.

    Wayne
     
  6. Just-Like-Hatching

    Just-Like-Hatching Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always thought research was trying to get input from people that know something about the topic? I think that any help anyone can offer is the right way to go.
     
  7. purr

    purr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2008
    east freetown, ma
    Quote:yup your right I'm done go to the library
     
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    If it's two paragraphs, do one on the pros, and one on the cons. Make an argument for each and instead of listing xyz, and cite your references.

    In my yard, they till the ground in some spots, but for the resst of it, it gets compacted pretty tight.
     
  9. waynesgarden

    waynesgarden Feathers of Steel

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    Quote:Here's the way I think people can help this student:

    The student tells us about some research that he/she has done and we might offer suggestions for other sources.

    The student tells us about some concepts discovered during independent research and asks us about some that aren't clearly understood.

    The student tells us about some conclusions that he/she has reached through careful reading and we may offer some alternative ways of looking at the information.

    Writing the paper for someone who has given no indication that he/she has done any reading or even given a bit of thought to the subject doesn't help one bit.

    Why am I so hard on this student? For a number of years I've run a book review website and couldn't begin to count the number of students like this who thought it was easier to email me to do their homework than to read the book.

    Wayne
     
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2008
  10. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    Quote:the assignment was to "Research" which includes finding this forum, asking people who own chickens and use them for gardening, looking on the internet, looking in books, visiting a poultry operation and so forth.

    We were not doing the homework for the student as I saw no one writing the paper for the student. Ithink coming here showed the student's ability to do research and shows innovation in coming to a chicken forum for information.
     

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