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Friday, October 9, 2009

Gardening with Chickens

Chicken Help
Exterminate! Exterminate!

With this lovely weather we're back in the garden. Stage two (or the second part of stage one) got a bit of a move on over the long weekend last week, and I could barely muster the energy to eat dinner, but it is looking great!

The start of the day we had to move a lot of old garden surrounds, and then start positioning rocks and of course there were a lot of creepy crawlies living underneath. We brought all 6 hens around to the front yard and they had the best time eating everything that moved. They usually eat everything from earwigs and slugs to millipedes, but towards the end they were so full that only the tastiest critters were gobbled up and millipedes were allowed to run free.

Once the bugs were disposed of the hens became a bit of a pest by getting into everywhere we were trying to work on, so back to the back yard they went with full tummies.

Maple and Wall

And the garden? We built a lovely little wall to add some dimension and planted a Japanese Maple tree. The maple is absolutely stunning and has a variety of colours throughout the year from a beautiful green to a gorgeous red.

Japanese Maple
Maple Leaves


Julie Harward said...

Now that is chicken heaven! :D

Lorilee said...

That looks like it was hard work. I love to watch my hens get excited over a slew of bugs!

Tarazod Films said...

Chicken paradise! Interesting blog. Just became a follower. We blog about chickens too!