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Tractor Supply Welcomes Gardeners to Backyard Chicken Movement


Raising chickens is fun for your family and beneficial for your yard and garden. (image: Business Wire)

Raising chickens is fun for your family and beneficial for your yard and garden. (image: Business Wire)

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., April 2, 2014 (Korea Bizwire) - Gardeners in search of more sustainable ways to grow tastier vegetables  and more vibrant flowers are finding inspiration from their country  cousins.

For decades, chickens have played an important role on farms, providing  families a sustainable source of delicious food, organic fertilizer and  natural pest control.

The undeniable benefits of raising poultry are pushing the backyard  chicken movement into communities that were previously off limits, and  gardeners looking to live a more self-reliant lifestyle have been early  adopters.

Chicken manure — a natural, nitrogen-rich fertilizer — is the perfect  compost companion with leaves and yard waste.

Shannon Campbell, of Ashland City, Tenn., who has raised backyard  chickens for seven years, says by recycling the family’s food waste, her  birds create the secret ingredient for any garden.

“We compost our chicken manure, all of our used straw and also any table  scraps the kids don’t eat. We crush our eggshells and put that in the  compost as well for added calcium,” Campbell said. “The chickens will  even scratch through the compost pile and turn it over, and then I cover  it back up.”

Marc Johnson, vice president of merchandise at Tractor Supply Company,  which is currently hosting Chick Days nationwide to introduce families  to backyard chickens, says hens provide excellent support for  sustainable gardens.

“Chickens naturally recycle food waste and they provide invaluable  fertilizer for gardens,” Johnson said. “What’s more, there’s not a  better organic source of pest control than a backyard chicken. They  naturally eat bugs, ticks, beetles and other backyard pests.”

For avid gardeners, Campbell says, a flock of chickens is a great  investment. Her family has begun saving money by reducing soil and  fertilizer costs.

“The other great thing about having birds is that you get really good,  rich soil out of it,” Campbell said. “Anybody that does a lot of  gardening or has to go and buy soil knows how expensive it is – so this  stuff is like gold really.”

Learn more about raising chickens to benefit your garden at

About Tractor Supply Company

At December 28, 2013, Tractor Supply Company operated 1,276 stores in 48  states. The company’s stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle  needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The company also serves the  maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as  tradesmen and small businesses. Stores are located in towns outlying  major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The company offers  the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: equine, pet and  small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care,  growth and containment; hardware, truck, towing and tool products;  seasonal products, including lawn and garden items, power equipment,  gifts and toys; maintenance products for agricultural and rural use; and  work/recreational clothing and footwear.

Source: Tractor Supply Company (via Business Wire)

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