Chickens are versatile animals that make a great addition to farm systems. Breed variety, flock number, and other considerations allow you to tailor your chickens to your particular system and requirements. Chickens are effective at removing weed seeds, weeds, and pests from soils. Besides their mechanical applications, chickens provide protein, fertilizer, and even feathers.
Chickens should not be “cooped” up, but instead allowed to move around the landscape addressing problem areas. Light weight mobile chicken coops are effective for this purpose and often called “tractors” because of the effectiveness of chicken scratching. Growing chickens all the food they require can be difficult since they have significant quality/quantity protein demands. Quinoa, amaranth, flax, and polyculture hays can be grown to provide most or all of your chicken’s feed.
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