Letting chickens "mow" garden cover crops?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Mrs. Mucket, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. Mrs. Mucket

    Mrs. Mucket Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    We have winter rye and peas growing on our vegetable garden as a cover crop. Instead of mowing or tilling it in this spring, I'm wondering about letting the chickens have at it. Does anyone do this? How tall would you let the rye/peas get before letting the chickens out?
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Sort of. In the fall, when we've harvested everything we want, we loose the "hounds"!!![​IMG]
    They do a pretty good job of mowing everything to stalks over the course of a week or two. If you choose to allow them the privilege, they're sure to oblige.
  3. riverman

    riverman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2010
    Central Tx
    But I thought a major purpose of the cover crops was to have all the fresh green to till in the beds?.?. I guess your just trading that for chicken poop and the little tilling they do though!

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