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“May The Flock Be With You”- Chickens Are Part Of The Soil Solution

May 31, 2013
Pat Foreman in The Soil Solution

Pat Foreman in The Soil Solution

Spend a few minutes with chicken expert and appreciator Pat Foreman and you’ll be tempted to order a flock of six chicks for your backyard. Foreman, the author of the best-selling book City Chicks is an advocate for all things chicken. She appears in our film The Soil Solution where she talks about the impressive skill set of chickens. According to Foreman (and Oprah Henfry, her chicken ambassador) chickens are expert soil builders, compost creators, bio-recyclers  and egg producers. Chickens will keep your garden and yard pest and weed free as they forage and munch on insects.  An average chicken will eat about eight pounds of food scraps a month and will return those scraps back to the soil as fertilizer (chicken poop). This keeps compostable waste on site and stops it from contributing to overcrowded landfills. In the landfill, food scraps emit methane, which contributes to climate change.

Pat says, “May The Flock Be With You” and we have to agree. These expert soil builders will increase your soil’s health, save you money on garden inputs, give you delicious food and decrease your carbon footprint.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. deb fitzgerald permalink
    September 19, 2013 1:33 am

    I’m in my second year of raising chickens for meat and eggs… loving it and learning every day…more and more… last year I let my hens roam in the potato field after I had harvested and this year you could literally see a difference in the area where the hens had been doing their thing!! one half of the bed was really lush and dark green, the plants were bigger, the other half not so much… from now on the hens will have free rights to roam in the entire garden!

  2. September 29, 2013 8:06 pm

    That’s great news, Deb. The chickens are helping you build soil. Thanks for reading our blog and keep up the good work.

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