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Try adding natural nitrogen — instead of chemical nitrogen in the form of chemical fertilizers — to a chicken garden by including trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals that are natural nitrogen-fixers.

Nitrogen, which is so critical to plants’ well-being, is freely available from the air. Nitrogen-fixing plants actually pull nitrogen from the air with the help of beneficial bacteria located in their root nodules, hence accumulating nitrogen. Examples include, New Jersey Tea shrub, Siberian pea shrub, and Dutch white clover.

Many of the legume family are nitrogen-fixing plants. Peas and beans, which are part of the legume family, are poisonous to chickens unless they’re cooked first. Use extreme caution when feeding legumes to your chickens.

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