If you have a compost heap and a little extra space you could consider fencing off the compost and putting in some chooks. That's what I have done. The chooks love to turn the compost heap over for me while they look for tasty little creatures to eat. They also generously donate manure as they scratch about. I have given them a perch so if they feel like a rest they can generate manure in comfort.
But chooks offer more than just a compost service...
- The chooks consume all my food scraps and prevent me from feeling guilty about wasting food.
- They convert the food scraps into eggs for the family, and manure for the garden.
- Chooks feed on any wild insects that they come across - there's a resource that we usually can't use.
- Because they have such a rich and varied diet, my chooks lay eggs that are about a thousand times better than any store-bought egg.
- I'm able to use the usually wasted space between my shed and the neighbours' fence as extra chook yard. It's less than a metre wide but quite long so the chooks get plenty of space to run around in.
- Having chooks around is a great practical way for little kids to learn about life, death, reproduction, and where our food comes from.