Monday, October 17, 2011

Cheep Labor

The time has come to put the garden beds to bed.  The last things producing are the beans and the peppers, so they'll stay a bit longer, but the rest of it is done.  Time to call in the rototillers.

A really good way to do this would be to move the portable pen over a bed, put a few chickens in it, and let them have at it, but the pen's WAY over on the other side of the property, and it's heavy, so not today.
Instead, I opened the door to the garden, called them all over, and sprinkled the area with bread crumbs.  That got them to working. 

They probably worked for 45 minutes or so, and even the geese got in on it (weed control) for a while.  I'll try again today.  I think I'm still going to have to pull out the rototiller, which isn't thrilling, but if they can even get the area started, that's something.

Hooray for cheap labor!

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  1. That looks like fun!

    I can't wait to let the chickens out. We've not had them long enough and the dogs are not going to allow for it. We're waiting until they are moved with my daughter before letting our chickens out. Not the fluffy/fancy one near the bottom of the photo, but the one just above it.
    It looks black w/ red feathers around the neck.
    I have one like that but don't know the type/name of it. Mine is actually NOT the sunlight, there are deep purple,green, and blue shimmery feathers(only from a distance is she black) ...hope you can help me out and tell the type.

    Thanks! Pat (from the HR barn hop)

    I was wondering. In your last photo...the chicken right in the center (almost) of the door/gate to the garden. What type of chicken is that?

  2. I have no idea how my comment got scrambled like that. I hope you get the jist of it.

    was wondering what type of chicken that was...that's all. thanks.

  3. I have always wanted to let our chickens roam...but thought that with all the poo it would ruin the grass. What do you think?


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