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The girls have decided I should blog about them. They’ve noticed a number of bee posts and lots of allotments and they don’t think this is fair.
One of the challenges of backyard chickens is one of their great strengths. They like to forage.
When we set up their coop we decided that we wanted them to forage in the garden if the weather was good and we were at home.
The back yard is a paved, squarish walled area. It’s got plants growing up the walls from very narrow borders on two sections. A purple clematis, a kiwi and a white flowering, climbing hydrangea or two.
Then it has a significant collection of plants in pots.
The girls are particularly effective at weeding, mulching and hoeing the soil. They do this with enthusiasm and gusto. It is their strength but the plants themselves may not tolerate the attention.
Last year, they managed to demolish a number of green residents. Those who survived include:
One red Japanese acer
They also failed to destroy the hydrangea but it has a great short back and sides!
Kiwi plant (still fruitless after four years but prolific!)
A spiky yucca (otherwise known as Son of Edna from the vicious evil Edna that bore him at the allotment!)
The good thing is that many of the casualties were old and a bit tired and may well not have survived. They became chicken lunch.
The plants that did survive are now in great condition and seem to love the attention!
So this year the empty pots need new residents.
How to decide what will thrive under all that beaky attention?
At the garden centre this week and last I made some choices. The criteria are straightforward.
Edible, medicinal, herbal or purple!
A new acer
They are all potted up now and the birds are already busy with them!
The chickens are pleased with the recognition for all their hard work!
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