Posted: 08/01/2012 at 23:27
Chickens are great in the garden providing you keep them away from your plants. We let ours roam in the winter or pen them on areas we want cleaned (chickens will follow you anywhere for a digestive biscuit). We put up a temporary chicken wire fence and let them dig and forage on an area and take them back to their coop at night. Of course we always take their water pot to them. They eat all sorts of pests, weeds and thoroughly scratch up the top few inches of soil too. The do not like nettles and brambles can be dangerous for their feet (thorns) Eggs fresh from the hen are so different from shop ones. There is the cost of something for them to sleep in. You can buy chicken feed but they will eat all your leftover bread, potatoes,rice and lettuces that are bolting etc. They also love grass. I hope you decide to have a go, they really are trouble free and fun.