My ‘Chicken Girls’
Most days I let my 7 hens out of their run so that they can range around our property. They eat bugs and scratch around under the fruit trees. They will range over most of our property, except for the wooded areas, and except for the vegetable garden which is well fenced for deer and rabbits. The flower gardens I have low chicken wire around, staked by bamboo. Even though it is only about 18 inches high, and they can fly, they don’t. It keeps them out so they don’t destroy my flowers.
Aside from providing us with the most amazing organic eggs, they eat meat bits that I don’t want to put into the compost or garbage. My Chicken Girls provide us with a hefty addition to the compost about 3 times a year when I clean out their coop. Thus, it creates a wonderful circle of life for our garden; from their droppings to the compost, from the compost to the garden, from the garden and the nesting box to our table, and from our table scraps back to the hens.
Here they are helping to turn the compost.
Also, they are amusing to watch as they each have their own character!
Relaxing in the sun