Permaculture, Gardening with Chickens

Permaculture, Gardening with Chickens
By Bob Egert, The Garden of Egert Crooked Creek Ranch, Texas We moved to the country three years ago. We are living on a 140-acre parcel that was formerly a cow pasture. One of our first projects was to start a facility for a small flock of chickens. We built the chicken house first followed by the chicken run and then the raised bed gardens. We plan to add a small pond to provide irrigation water for the gardens plus some additional garden features, fruit trees, pathways, etc. With the barn, the garden will encompass an area of approximately three acres. I did a great deal of research to determine the best layout for the garden and chicken operation. My biggest concern was providing maximum security for the chickens against the many predators in this area including coyotes, hawks, skunks, raccoons, foxes, panthers, etc. My next priority was to be

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