Chickens in the Garden: Eggs, Meat, Chicken Manure Fertilizer and More Your backyard flock could be the best source of meat, eggs and homemade fertilizer around. Learn how to “recoop” much of your birds’ expenses by putting chicken manure fertilizer.
TO KEEP RODENTS OUT OF THE CHICKEN COOP: Plant Some Mint, a natural rodent repellent. Spearmint, peppermint, wintergreen, even lemon balm which is also in the mint family, will all help deter mice. Try planting some mint around the coop and run in the spring. Sprinkle fresh or dried mint in the coop and nesting boxes year round.
Using wood ashes for your chickens saves you money. We store them (fireplace ash only, not BBQ coals, etc) and when needed, mix 2 1/2 parts ash to 1 part sand for the chickens to do their dust bathing. And guess what? It keeps mites away. It's been over a year since the last time I bought the bottled mite spray. That and painting the coop with hydrated lime has worked great so far!