Friday and Saturday, Elaine and I let our two flocks of heritage Rhode Island Reds take turns working in the garden. Actually, work is not the right word for our chickens, but what they accomplish for us is. The Reds truly enjoy their time in the garden, turning over soil, scratching up insects and their larva, and depositing their poop throughout.
For us, we have a free hoeing and insecticide service, plus fertilizing on delivery. It's a win-win for the chickens and us. Our chickens will continue performing their yeoman work until February, when it will be time to let their waste fully decompose and us plan for the April planting of onions and spinach.