6 Ways Keeping Chickens Will Benefit Your Garden
Saturday, 1st August 2020
Keeping chickens in your backyard not only supplies you with delicious homegrown eggs and fantastic pets for the children but your garden and vegetable garden as well!
Chicken manure is one of the best things you can use to improve the soil in your garden. Once composted, chicken droppings are full of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and other important nutrients, and increases the soil’s ability to hold water. This means more beautiful flowers, and bigger and more delicious vegetables! Collect your chickens’ droppings and compost for up to a year before using the manure.
Chickens spend their days scratching around the garden in search of yummy treats. They love finding beetles, grubs, caterpillars and ticks. Sometimes they even go for those pesky slugs! This is an extremely environmentally friendly way of getting rid of pests, with the added benefit of happy and content hens!
Want to create a new bed in the garden? No problem, get the chickens in to do the job for you. If there’s one thing they do well it’s tilling and turning. Spread some chicken feed where you want the soil to be moved and aerated, or leave a pile of leaves that you would like spread over a resting bed, and you can be sure that the chickens will have sorted it in half the time it would take you to source a rotavator.
In a similar way, if you want to clear a bed of weeds or grass, get your chickens on it. They will munch on weeds and dead matter you haven’t already removed, leaving the fun bits of gardening to you! Although clever, chickens are however not able to differentiate weeds from the plants and seeds you actually want to keep, so it’s best to keep them off flower beds and veg patches where you are growing things you actually want. Use a good fencing to limit the chickens to certain parts of the garden.
One of the best things about keeping chickens is the delicious eggs they provide you with. But did you know that eggshells can be highly beneficial to your garden? Eggshells are made of calcium carbonate and are a perfect way to introduce minerals to your soil. Calcium is essential for building cell walls, making sure the plants stay strong and healthy. Grind up your shells with a mortar and pestle and spread on your compost, or straight in your bed.
With chickens around you will have even more reason to spend time in the garden. It’s so much fun seeing them scratch around and hear their friendly chatter, and they are great company for any keen gardener. People even claim that being around chickens relieves stress and leads to better mental health.
So what’s stopping you? Chickens are the perfect pet you and your garden needs.
Make life easy with an Omlet Eglu Chicken Coop
Easy to clean and easy to move 😊
The simple, stylish, straightforward way to start keeping chickens. The Eglu Go Chicken Coop is the ideal hen house for keeping up to four medium-size chickens happy and healthy in even the smallest of gardens. Complete with a predator-proof chicken run, this easy to clean plastic chicken house is ideal for the first time chicken keeper.Read More
The Eglu Go UP is the ultimate raised mobile chicken coop for up to four hens and a firm favourite with chicken keepers. Easy to clean in minutes, with slide-out roosting bars, dropping tray and waterproof, wipe-clean surfaces. Your hens will be safe from predators in the spacious, heavy-duty steel run.Read more
The Eglu Cube Chicken Coop is the ideal way to keep up to 10 chickens in a town or country garden. The easy to move Eglu Cube hen house with an extendable run makes it simple to keep a large flock of hens in your garden and leaves you with more time to enjoy the pleasures of keeping chickens. The Eglu Cube is Omlet’s best-selling and most advanced chicken coop.Read more
If you are looking for some netting to fence in your chickens, this is a great choice. This handy fencing blends into your garden and is available as a 12, 21, 32 & 42 metre roll and is very easy to put up and move about. It can be used to keep your chickens within an area, giving them more space to roam or, of course, out of a part of your garden, like your prized vegetable garden!Read more