In praise of poultry
I am so enjoying my flock of chickens! They are still youngsters, but are of adult size. They are spoiled rotten, getting to free-range the property whenever we are at home.
They have become bold, covering more and more areas. They look to me for treats, since I bring them goodies every day.
They will eat nearly any leftovers.
So, when I go on the patio to read and enjoy this nice weather, I hear "Buk Buk, Book book?" and have bright eyes staring at me, waiting for some action(G). The girls stand posed, one foot up, head cocked, ready to move in. A cup or plate on the table means even more attention..
They are soo funny! They get crazy wild at times and run/fly/screech for no obvious reasons. They preen/peck/
sunbathe within inches of the Mastiffs, who watch in utter fascination, or boredom, depending on the dog(G).
They have cleared out lots of areas under my trees. I have learned that if I pull weeds, leaving a little bare ground, the chickens will clear a wide area all around the tree. Then I mulch it, and they don't bother mulch very much. They are making my weed patrol easier.
They are better than TV for entertainment, fertilize the property and eat weeds and insects.
Their pen is deeply layered with clean shavings. They turn it over all the time, and I get fresh shavings often. They don't smell, and are very clean and healthy looking. I hope to have lots of eggs to share soon! There is no way two people can eat the eggs 23 hens produce(G).
If you live where you can have poultry, I highly recommend Buff Orpingtons and Barred Rocks! Smart, sweet and gentle..