From pests to weeds, there are plenty of things that can turn your backyard from a beautiful garden into a mess.
And while you might be tempted to look for a gardening service or harsh chemical to battle for supremacy over your yard, I’d like to share a solution that might surprise you.
The first “ingredient?” Chickens.
They’re good for a lot more than making eggs. If your yard is filled with weeds and pesky bugs, chickens will eat ’em both!
But the solution isn’t just to let your chickens loose in your yard – after all, you probably have a few specific problem areas where insects and weeds seem to converge and grow most commonly. And besides, you don’t want them pecking at your petunias, do you?
And that’s where our second ‘ingredient’ comes in…
Behold the chicken tunnel!
A chicken tunnel allows you to designate a specific path or area in your garden for your chickens to walk through. All you’ll need to make a chicken tunnel are some handyman/woman skills and the following supplies:
- 4″ wire fencing
- 1″ thick wood slats
- Fridge shelves
- Wood screws
- A wire cutter
- A saw
- A drill
How To Assemble
You’ll of course want the radius of your tunnel to be larger than your average chicken to avoid forcing the animals to be cramped in a tight space. A few inches in all directions should provide more than enough room.
Once you have that measurement sorted out, you need to figure out how long your chicken tunnel will be.
Depending on the length required, prepare as many 4-foot planks of wood as necessary. For each pair of 4 foot planks, you’ll want three that match the measurement of your wire radius. These pieces will go in the middle to provide your chicken tunnel with support.
Four-foot segments are ideal, as they allow you to slightly curve your tunnel as needed (as shown in the photo above).
When you want your tunnel to end, tie your fridge shelves to the opening. A fridge shelf will also serve as the trap door that keeps your chickens in the coop when you want them to stay.
In addition to removing pests and weeds, your chickens will also fertilize the soil on which the tunnel is laid.
How cool is that? Instead of buying tons of fertilizer and doing a lot of work yourself, why not give your chickens something to fill their time with?
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