One chicken can eliminate bugs from 120 square feet in a week.

Chickens thrive on all kinds of insects, beetles and grubs.

They’ll snap up pretty much any thing that moves above the surface and they’ll scratch down more than six inches in garden mulch for grubs. One chicken can produce eight pounds of manure a month according to Ohio State University. To make great compost, you need a carbon to nitrogen (C:N) ratio of about 30:1. Chicken manure is very rich in nitrogen and is rated at about (10:1). This means you won’t need much to balance it out with its readily available counterpart; carbon materials like leaves, hay or straw. Leaves for example, are rated at (47:1), so for every 1 pound of chicken manure, use 45 pounds of leaves. Also, research sponsored by Mother Earth News showed that eggs from active, outdoor chickens had one-third less cholesterol, one-quarter less saturated fat, and much more vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids when compared to factory farmed eggs