Raising laying hens in the vegetable garden

Those lucky enough to own avegetable gardenrather large, it can be divided into four sectors where one of these will be dedicated tobreeding of laying hens. Thelaying hensthey go well withvegetable gardendomestic. For setting up the chicken coop in thevegetable garden, evaluate the space available and also the number oflaying hensyou intend to raise. Who cultivates avegetable garden, with the introduction oflaying hens, will no longer have to think exclusively about the harvest but will have to integrate the needs ofvegetable gardenwith the welfare of the hens.

Raising animals takes time and dedication but alsovegetable gardenwill benefit from the presence ofhens. Alaying henwill give you a good production of eggs for self-consumption, plus, year after year, they will improve the production ofvegetables. Ahenfree to scratch and feed on herbs and other vegetable waste, it will be able to count on a large supply of nutrients that certainly cannot be found in common industrial feed hens.

To integrate thelaying hensinvegetable garden the most practical solution involves the adoption of a mobile chicken coop: with your vegetable garden you will certainly follow the principle of succession and from season to season, you can transfer the chicken coop to the land at rest, freeing thehensonvegetable gardenat rest, the hens will free it from weeds and at the same time enrich it with natural fertilizer. An alternative to the mobile chicken coop is the fenced one, but in this case you cannot take advantage of thevegetable garden, a recited chicken coop can be set up in the orchard area. Fruit trees will provide shade for the hens. Set up a fenced chicken coop in thevegetable gardenit would be a suicide mission for the harvest: the hens scratch about everything!

When it is hot, the hens will be able to graze free and feed, the wild herbs most loved bylaying hensI am the dandelion, gallinsoga, plantain, clover and purslane. Keep in mind that for the self-production of eggs, six will be enough for a family of 4laying hens. Betweenlaying hens, the most productive breed is the Livornese, we are talking about a productivity that can go up to 300 eggs per year for each head! At 6 o'clock laying hens it will be necessary to add a rooster, both if you want to breed the animal and to protect the hens.

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