Well guys. I’m trying to find time to post, I really am. Maybe I’m taking summer break! Yes, that’s it. I’m not slacking off…
Not much at least.
Anyway, I’m here right now, aren’t I? And there’s something cool to talk about. It’s chickens! Honestly, I’ve lost track of how many we have right now. Since starting out last year with our 6 Auracanas, we’ve added at least 30 more chickens to the flock. 8 of them are being kept in a separate cage and are being fed a special feed to help them fatten up,
we’re Mark is going to butcher them in a month or so (see what I did there??). Lucky is also still in her own little cage, poor baby. She’s perked up just fine and is growing feathers back on her head, but I’m not comfortable putting her in with the hens until she is full grown and able to hold her own.
Another fun development is that now that it’s Summer we’re letting the chickens free-range! Which brings me to,
Natural Pest Control
Step 1, have a very buggy yard.
Ours is very, very buggy. When we chopped down a tree in our backyard last summer, it exploded with wood cockroaches. EWW, EWW, EWW, okay, I’m good. Also, we see many varieties of beetles, spiders, flying bugs, and sundry crawlies.
Step 2, open the buffet!
We only let them out when one or both of us are home to keep an eye on them. When it gets dark they put themselves up in their coop, and there hasn’t been a reduction in egg production so I know they’re making it in to lay!
Step 3, keep them supervised.
Since our home is at the very end of a shared driveway, these hens don’t wander close to roads or multiple neighbors. We have one neighbor close enough to possibly be bothered by the wandering chickens, but we spoke with her and she said our chickens are welcome to her bugs!
Step 4, reap the rewards!
These chickens crawl everywhere. They climb over and under our back deck, scratch in the tall grass by the fences, dig around the blackberry bushes – they’ll even start pecking around in our garage if we leave the door open long enough. I was out planting irises last week and the only bugs I saw were worms in the dirt! Wait, are worms bugs? I don’t remember, biology was a long time ago. Anyway, my point is that our once teeming-with-bugs yard is now practically bug-free. Also, this bug control is PESTICIDE FREE. The only thing being added into the ground is poo. A little chicken poo is a fair trade in my book for not having to pour chemicals all over my lawn.
Anyway, I absolutely do not spend way too much time watching these hilarious chickens run around the yard. Not at all!