by Debbie Bosworth of Dandelion Hous
Howdy fellow chicken keepers! It’s an exciting time of year here at the Little Red Hen House. The ground has finally thawed in our chicken run enough for us to finally get out of the coop and stretch our legs. We have a nice big run ( 12 x 60 ) attached to our coop and we couldn’t be happier to be outside digging new holes, lookin’ for bugs, and dusting off the last of Old Man Winter. We always get excited when we see mother hen cleaning the flower beds because we know there’s always something delicious and fun in it for us! Come on in and see what she served up for ” her girls” yesterday!
Mother Hen is an avid gardener. She loves her flowers as much as she loves us! She always leaves some garden clean-up for spring for two reasons. The left over leaves from fall cover tender new growth in the garden during early spring frosts and sometimes snow. Yesterday she must have covered 6 or seven tarps with what remained of the fall leaves and dried ornamental grass clippings.
She could have easily put it all in the compost heap, but she knows how much we love to scratch and peck through all of that garden waste.
It keeps us entertained for hours while we make the most of her yard scraps. In a few months time it will become fine compost. That’s when she comes in and shovels it all back out again and adds the newly composted material back into the garden. Raw chicken manure is one of the best organic materials for gardens but fresh chicken manure is very high in nitrogen and can be dangerous to tender plants which is why it’s best to mix it with leaves, grass clippings, and other yard scraps and give it time to break down before adding it to the garden.
See what good garden helpers we are?
Not only do we provide the best backyard farm fresh eggs, but we help her grow beautiful flowers and veggies too!
Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’ve got work to do!
What does YOUR ” mother hen” do to spoil you?
Until next time~ cluck, cluck, from The Cottage Hens at Dandelion House.
PS. if you’re looking for a cute way to share some extra eggs, check out this cute way to gussy up your egg cartons as gifts for your guests, just in time for Easter Sunday!
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