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So many bonuses while having chickens

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by patman75, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. patman75

    patman75 Songster

    I keep having good unexpected thing happening as a result of our chickens.

    - Free ranging chickens do a great job entertaining our daughter and neighbor kids.

    - They can clear down a garden in the fall better than a rototiller and I don’t have to do any work.

    -They can clean up leftovers from dinner in less than 5 seconds.

    - My house in on an old farm field and the ground is very nutrient deficient, my garden last year was a complete disaster. Nothing grew, my onions were the size my pinkie finger. This year I had a huge pile of compost with chicken manure mixed in. My garden this year looks great!

    -I have planted trees that have only grown a few inches in 3 or 4 years because of the soil. I tried compost and mulch, but it did not help. Last year I had the chicken tractor around the trees to give some shade to the chickens and this year the trees have grown over a foot.

    I can't wait to see what turns up next.
     

  2. There are so many unexpected advantages to having chickens, aren't there! Every time I get frustrated when they eat a plant I want or make a mess of mulch, etc., I remind myself of all the good they do. Not to mention that the eggs and the pleasure of having them around!
     
  3. kla37

    kla37 Songster

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    The biggest advantage I found was that their funny antics and personalities are really relaxing and enjoyable! If we ever need a smile, you can just go watch the chickens for awhile......[​IMG]
     
  4. patman75

    patman75 Songster

    Quote:My mulch beds are a chicken disaster zone. [​IMG]

    They are lucky their eggs taste so good. [​IMG]
     
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    There used to be a beautiful purple phlox in this plant ring.
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    Now there's an adorable, lavender bantam cochin pullet. She made that HER place to beat the heat.
     

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