Chicken manurePoultry manure (chicken in particular) is the richest animal manure in N-P-K. Chicken manure is considered "hot" and must be composted before adding it to the garden. 
 Otherwise, it will burn any plants it comes in contact with.

There is another page here on chicken tractors: a great gardening method.

How to Raise Chickens

Some Questions and Answers

Susan lives in Charlottesville, Virginia and raises chickens in her backyard. Here she answers some common questions about raising chickens, including which breeds are good layers and what predators to watch out for.

The Natural History of the Chicken


Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Party 6

Respectful chicken harvest

How to skin a chicken

Explicit video - DON'T watch if you're sensitive about this kind of thing

Chicken Tractors

These are best-known form of integrating animals into the landscape in a way that the whole system benefits.

There is another page here on chicken tractors: a great gardening method. 

but there are many more ..

There is another page here on chicken tractors: a great gardening method.

Poultry Forage Plant List

By Arina Pittman,

Nankin cherry 

Sand Cherry 

Siberian Pea Shrub 

Day Lily 



Black Mulberry, White Mulberry

Black Locust 

Sea Buckthorn 

Pasture Grass 



Strawberry clover 

Brassicas (mustard, broccoli etc) 

Hairy Vetch 

Crown Vetch 



Berries – currants, gooseberries, raspberry

    Raising Chickens 2.0

    - no more coop and run!

    Interesting article & study by Paul Weaton, from

    After years and years of scraping/shoveling/scrubbing chicken poop I now have a system where I don't scrape/shovel/scrub any chicken poop.

    After years and years of selling meat/eggs for just a hair more than I paid for the feed, I've almost eliminated feed costs.

    After years and years of not being able to take a few days away from the chickens, I now have a system where I can go more than a week.

    At any given time when raising chickens I thought what I was doing at that time was "the best" only later to learn of something I like better. Now, when somebody asks about my opinion on the way they are raising chickens, I find myself tongue-tied. I see their chickens standing in shit all day, eating feed made from grains (and other things) considered too awful for human consumption. The feed is often medicated and loaded with vitamins and minerals that somebody thinks is good for the average chicken - it has to be because what the chicken really wants to eat is not available to the chicken. Rather than say "Ick" I want to paint a picture of something healthier that would be easy to do. What I have to say cannot squeeze into a minute. And there is so much that has to all come together just right, that without a script I doubt I can pull it off. So this is my feeble attempt at that script. To try and express my opinion on what I think is a better way of raising chickens in one big gob.

    To build a foundation, I need to first explore the other ways that I'm aware of raising chickens. There are a lot of techniques out there. I've tried nearly all of them. I've visited a lot of farms and a lot of city coops. I've had a lot of people ask me what I think of their approach. And usually my answer is not the answer they were hoping for.

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Thu, 24 November 2011

Chicken expert and admirer Pat Foreman shares why she believes that chickens are an integral part of the local food movement.  

Foreman, author of the books City Chicks and Chicken Tractor- The Permaculture Guide to Happy Hens and Healthy Soil, talks about how chickens are talented composters, soil builders, living fertilizer machines, and bio-recyclers. Listeners beware!  According to Foreman, chickens are also the gateway to other livestock.

Direct download: Pat_Foreman_PC.mp3
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Chicken DIY Guides:

Also see the
a pioneering designer
who uses chickens
to heat up greenhouses
& homes

A great article on mini-max ways of feeding chickens: