Originally Posted by Arrowwind09
join a community garden and talk them into raising chickens too. No organic garden is rightly sustainable without animal manure.
I have a backyard flock, and also garden.
A general note about any animal manure: no manure can be considered a complete fertilizer, but so many gardeners do. The manure cannot contain minerals that are not in the soil that are producing the greens that the animals consume. You would have to feed your animals a mineral supplement along with added food. (Which I do.)
At some point, poultry will cease to thrive and reproduce if eating nothing but grass and bugs. Chickens are not like goats or cows; they need more protein, more solid food. If you want eggs almost every day from chickens, and for them to stay well, then they need a heartier diet. I'm not saying you didn't know this, I only want to emphasize this for newcomers to chicken-rearing.
People think it's normal for their hens to moult. I've been raising chickens for 12 years, and they never moult, even the old ones. I consider moulting (loss of feathers) to be pathological, caused by malnutrition. I am sure that virtually all the experts disagree with me. But I would like to know why mine never moult.