Blue Star Ranch uses our chicken compost to the fullest. We plant gardens as often as possible and when the seasons allow.
Consider letting only 2 or 4 hens or pullets forage in your actual garden for pests. Your flock will provide bug and worm control in addition to having access to a better diet that supplements the feed you provide, saving you money.
About twice or three times a week let your hens roam in your garden. And only a few hens will keep bugs off of your growing plants.
Too many chickens in your garden will destroy your food supply.
An adult standard hen eats about 84 pounds of feed per year, but feed them out of your compost pile, and it's nearly free! and even healthy too
Compost is another reason to keep your hens for "compost pets" and allow them to stir your compost, eat the bugs. Reward them for the free eggs that you got!
They will feed themselves, at no cost to you, and provide you with valuable chicken droppings. So now you can keep your old hens and they still serve a purpose.