Gardening and chickens make a good match

While I was finishing up my chick order for this year, I wondered if raising chickens now falls under the category of gardening.

It seems like gardeners have adopted chickens as the next logical, evolutionary step in gardening. Just a couple of years ago, a couple of chickens in the backyard would have been a novelty. Now, no one gives them a second thought.

There’s a reason why decades ago chickens got the nickname “yard-birds”. It’s because they seem to fit right in  strolling around the garden and yard. The popularity of yard hens seems to wax and wane over time.

I prefer to raise ISA Brown laying hens. They're great layers and have a calm disposition.

I ordered 25 laying chicks this year which will bring our total flock size to nearly 100. Some of our older hens that are not laying well will be removed from the flock as the new chicks begin to mature.

This is our sixth year of keeping laying hens. I guess it is about time to include them in our discussions about gardening.

Bob Dluzen
As a result of being a gardener for more than 40 years, 30 of those as a professional, Bob's gardening has become an integral part of his life. "It's the ever-changing seasons and the wide variety of plants and gardens that keeps me intrigued," he says. Bob lives and gardens in rural Monroe County.