If given the opportunity chickens will eat and eat and eat. If their feeders are full and you throw scraps in the run they’ll act like it’s their first time seeing food…EVER! So I decided to put my chickens to work! If you don’t work you don’t eat. So what kind of job hires a chicken?
Now my Polish girls with their fancy hair would be excellent secretaries, actually I believe the appropriate term is administrative assistant, but we couldn’t find a company that wanted to pay in whole corn or oats so we went with something more suited for their pay grade.
So I turned them into live composters. Not only do they work/turn the compost for me to help break it down faster (while adding the green nitrogen material–manure) but they get a generous amount of food from the pile–in turn decreasing the amount I have to feed them (even though they pretend that I’m starving them).
Watch here to see how our compost is coming along and how it provides for our poultry.