April 25, 2010

Gardening with Chickens

In the wintertime, our empty garden is a perfect place for the chickens to forage. They are like little rototillers, churning up the soil for us. They get all kinds of yummy bugs and worms and we get fertilized soil.  It's a wonderful symbiotic relationship. However, when planting time comes, it's a whole new story.

The Girls are very interested in anything resembling a seed or plant. If you don't want your seed to turn into chicken feed, you much have to shove it into the ground while they aren't looking otherwise they will go and dig RIGHT where you planted!  Not to mention pecking at the fragile seedlings. I'm all for free ranging and sharing my extra veggies, but the Girls have been officially banned from my spring garden!

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