Chickens and gardens go together…well, sorta, kinda, in a way.
They are great at scratching up weeds…but they can also scratch up and eat your seedlings.
They are great at digging in your soil…but they tend to just dig in one spot like a crater, not in a row. It would be nice if they worked like little tilling machines, but that isn’t going to happen.
Still, it is enjoyable when I’m preparing a new planting bed with some chicken helpers. Of course we have completely different objectives. I want to prepare the soil for seeds and seedlings. They want to find earthworms and bugs.
Chickens understand food really well. It’s like there are only two things in life: “food” and “not food.” Well, that’s not totally correct.
In their minds, it’s probably more like: “food” and “not quite food yet, but almost.” I get the feeling they would do just about anything to get the “not quite food” to become “food” as quickly as possible.
Chickens are quite impatient with garden crops. They are positively sure every cucumber and squash and especially watermelon is for them.
Their clucking sounds a lot like, “Why doesn’t someone remove this fence for us?!? Why doesn’t someone cut open this watermelon for us?!?” If I let them, they would eat every leaf off of the watermelon plants before the watermelons they love had time to grow and ripen.
To tell the truth, I’m often just as impatient as my chickens when it come to some things and perhaps even more impatient! There are times when I think patience just might be the greatest gift I can give…or receive.
My Life With Gracie convinced me patience is one of the hardest but most valuable gifts you can give.
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