Gardening

The hen, always the star of the gardens


Waste recovery, fresh eggs every morning ... Having chickens in your garden is useful. But not only.

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A forgotten practice that has become a social phenomenon

We thought the henhouses were reserved for remote farms. It was believed that industrialization and supermarkets had got the better of fresh home eggs.

However, between 2009 and 2013, the number of hens in France increased by 49%, according to the association 30 Million d'Amis. Praised at the Animal Expo 2014, the gallinaceous is gradually establishing itself in the gardens of individual houses.

Carried by the wave of the return to nature, henhouses are particularly popular in peri-urban areas.

The hen, an ecological ally in his garden

A hen in her garden is the guarantee of having fresh eggs every day.

In fact, a mature hen lays on average 150 to 300 eggs per year, depending on the breed.

Omnivorous, the gallinacea can devour up to 150 kg of organic waste every year. Peelings, pasta, cheese… Everything goes there, even garden pests such as slugs or snails.

Finally, their droppings, very rich, are excellent natural fertilizers.

The hen, fearful but curious companion

More and more owners choose their hens, according to aesthetic criteria. They favor ancient or ceremonial races.

Sought after for their particular coat, they are a subject of admiration, even exhibition. Smaller and easier to maintain in general, these hens are considered to be pets in their own right.

To comfortably install these subjects of pride, a whole range of designer henhouses is invading the market.

4 things to know before buying chickens

1. A single hen wastes away. Used to living in a community, she needs at least one congener to

blossom.

2. No need to get a rooster to have eggs. In addition, its morning song is quickly unbearable for the whole neighborhood.

3. Beyond 3 years, a hen lays much fewer eggs. After 8 years, she doesn't lay eggs at all. The

herd must therefore be renewed often.

4. Some municipalities or subdivisions limit or even prohibit the breeding of backyard animals.

Better to get information at the town hall before starting work on your henhouse

M.B.

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Video: My Gardens u0026 A Broody Hen (October 2020).