Thursday, April 5, 2012

I Love My (Darned) Chickens!


I love my chickens.
You know I do.
But, I swear, these gals make me crazy at times.


If you have chickens, then you will agree with me...
they can be the most destructive birds ever!
Put simply....chickens and gardens do not mix!


We have painstakingly (twice already this year) mulched around 
our orchard and our 100 blueberry plants.
Why twice?
Because the chickens have removed the mulch....twice.


So, now we must do it again.


Hubbs had the idea to put a fence around the blueberry field to keep the chickens out.
I fear they will find the end of the fence and find their way in...
given enough time.


We shall see!


Chickens love dirt baths and will dig around the roots of an old tree to find fresh dirt.
We placed about a foot of mulch around the base of Job, our 200 year old pine...
in an effort to thwart this destructive process.


And the apple trees in our orchard....


darned chickens!


So when I'm not doing regular chores, or seasonal chores,
or cleaning up after these chickens,
then perhaps you will find me doing a fun project like...


painting a new entrance sign, or working in our newly remodeled greenhouse.


I've even found enough time to make several new aprons for my Etsy shop.
Now, if I could just find the time to photograph them and get them into the shop!
Time....it's something of which I am always a little short!

15 comments:

Clint Baker said...

They looked like they were having fun though, lol!

pilgrimscottage said...

Our chickens do the same and we just put up chicken wiring around each tree so the chickens can still range free around them. We also give them "spots" where we have just dirt under the shade of trees. They take to that.

Karen said...

It amazes me, all that you get accomplished. I have less than half the animals here that you do! My chickens thankfully have not figured out how to get at my gardens. I hope they remain clueless :-)

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Oh yes, the chickens:-) We call ours The Inspectors because they show up at every job, ready to go to work in case we've left anything undone (in their eyes).

Pattie @ On Hollyhock Farm said...

Been there, done that! I call them "little rototillers" !

Cindy said...

We have decided to keep the chickens penned during the growing season. They do make a mess if left out!
I can't believe how much you get done. The sign is beautiful!

Junebug said...

Yes, my adorable, darling, "darned" girls can do all sort of rearranging! Last year I had no corn in the garden, wonder who ate "all" the seedlings? Last night in the light rain I was trying to do some weeding and boy did I have help. I think they were enjoying the fresh turned dirt I was creating. Taking a break from there destruction. Good luck with the fencing. At least it should to high enough. Hint, 4 ft. don't work! Enjoy the remainder of your week, Hugs!

Jeri Landers said...

Oh yeah, I can relate. I have devised all manner of "plant protection" barriers to keep out the chickens, but they are relentless! I just bought a book entitled "Free-Range Chicken Gardens".. "how to create a beautiful chicken friendly yard" I doubt it will have any info I haven't already learned on my own, but we shall see.
WOW< you are some SERIOUS farmers. I only have 2 blueberry bushes but you have an entire orchard!

Karen Bates said...

Hey, been there, done that...now I have decided to give the girls less 'walkabout' time. I was letting them out nearly all day...they were getting into too much trouble! lol I will start letting them out after lunch..they have until about 8.

Karen Bates said...

Opps, your sign is just adorable..you are so talented!

GirlRural.com said...

What about mini fences around the trees? That way you don't have to fence off such a big area. I LOVE your new sign. Can you please paint me a sign too?

Country Gal said...

I remember the chickens we had on our hobby farm , mum was always chasing them out of our gardens and had to cage our veggie garden to keep them out ! Love your sign . Happy Easter weekend to you all !

Country Gal said...

I remember the chickens we had on our hobby farm , mum was always chasing them out of our gardens and had to cage our veggie garden to keep them out ! Love your sign . Happy Easter weekend to you all !

missy max said...

Your new sign looks wonderful..I don't have chickens but the robins are just as bad..

Bernadine said...

Beautiful set up. I hope the eggs offset the additional work the hens create for you.

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