I will always be first and foremost a horse person. That being said, I have come to appreciate chickens in a special way. Last year I was worried about how I would take care of the chickens but now I know the great secret of chicken keeping. Chickens take care of you!
I could go on and on about all that chickens do. They are definitely birds for all seasons. As the winter with the cold and snow languished on and on, they just kept laying. It was a great motivation for making the frigid trek to the barn each morning.
Then spring came and I discovered they are amazing gardeners. Mine can take a garden plot of any size, the clean it of vegetation, till up the soil to a depth of 5-6 inches and smooth it out ready for planting. They even groom the sawdust in the horse stalls if you are not watching to keep them out of the barn.