Fresh eggs are the most obvious benefit of keeping a small flock of backyard chickens. But the benefits of raising chickens reach farther than that—they also make excellent garden assistants. Here’s how gardening with chickens can provide year-round benefits.

Spring: Nature’s Rototillers

Spring is the perfect time of year to give chickens unrestricted access to your garden. They will be happy for the opportunity to roam freely, get some sun, and stretch their legs after being cooped up all winter. Chickens are nature’s original rototillers—they scratch in the dirt looking for seeds and bugs, and their sharp little claws gently turn and loosen the soil for you.

Read Make Gardening Easier With The Help of Chickens! via Farmers’ Almanac Gardening Calendar

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