Wintering chickens over garden

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Fetch33, Nov 10, 2014.

  1. Fetch33

    Fetch33 In the Brooder

    Feb 18, 2013
    I was thinking of wintering my chickens over my garden space. The garden will be tilled and a compost layer added in the spring. Will the manure be too hot for my garden in the spring. Also, I have an asparagus patch in my garden . Can chickens be run over that area in the winter?
  2. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    A lot is going to depend on the space, and how concentrated your birds are over that space. IF it is a large garden compared to the number of birds, the manure build up will not be that concentrated. If a small area and high number of birds, I would pull them a good month before planting if you till the manure into the soil. If you leave the manure on top, I would give it more time. The thinner the manure the less problem.

    I would fence off your asparagus, chickens can really dig!

    Mrs K
  3. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Songster

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    Lay wire fencing down and anchor it over the asparagus. That will leave them get to the surface and won't be able to dig down to the asparagus.
  4. Pennychickens1

    Pennychickens1 Chirping

    Aug 27, 2014
    I'm doing the same thing putting my slikie in the fence garden space. They love it there

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