WHENEVER folk talk about getting chickens, they’re mostly interested in getting fresh eggs. It’s rather an obvious reason. However, a gardener should look on a chicken run and coop as their own fertiliser factory.
You see, it’s easy to make garden compost – this is a good general feed for your soil, adding fertility – but it rather lacks oomph. The sort of oomph you get when you use well-rotted manure instead. Now, chickens can lay lots of eggs, but they also more regularly lay far more highly concentrated munitions-grade droppings.
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