Last night, I had some garden and chicken chores to do. I needed to add fresh compost to the garden boxes which means, I have to take my stackable compost bin, and remove each layer, one at a time. I take the top layer off, and set it next to the box, add the top of the pile to what will now be the bottom of the pile, then another layer of the box, and more compost, until I get to the bottom of the bin, where I remove the rich composted soil, to be added to the garden boxes. Of course, as soon as I am out there, I have my feathered friends at my feet, waiting to get in there and find some grubs.
My naughty chickens have reduced the garden to rubble! I need to put the fencing back up to save the remaining tomatoes!!! They ate ALL of my cilantro, peppers, beans, cucumbers, squash, and every tomato within their reach!!!!
So the garden is looking sparse, with what remains, but it will soon be freshly turned for a new planting with Fall veggies.
Here is Cream Puff. She is one of the pullets I got from my friend Elaine. She now has wattle and comb, and will be laying very soon.
As the sun began to slip behind the hill, the girls started to take themselves to their coop to roost for the night. First the little girls head in, finding their place on a perch.
The big girls are the last to make their way back to the safety of their coop. One by one, they waddle through the gate.
They have one last snack before taking themselves off the ground, and up to the roosts for the night.
One girl, however, remains the trouble maker!!! Elvira!!! The Golden Laced Polish that Elaine gave me. She refused to perch for the night. She would crawl into the next boxes, and poop in them. I had to clean them every day. Then I began to place balls in the boxes at night, which still didn't deter her entirely. She would perch on the very edge with her bum hanging over enough to still poop in the boxes!!! GRR! So now I keep the boxes blocked by placing a cardboard piece across the ledge to keep her out. So now....she won't come in the coop at night. She climbs to the top, and perches on the playhouse. But I could still reach her, and put her in the coop. So NOW...she climbs the avocado tree, as high as she can...far out of reach from me!! She sleeps high in the tree! And when I get up early in the morning to go feed them, she is usually in the run, waiting for her breakfast. I am still not convinced that she is a she. In which case, she will be called Elvis! She/He has some very odd, and bossy, Roo like behavior. I am waiting for the cock a doodle doo!!!
Until then, I shall continue to enjoy my small patch here, where I can raise my hens, and garden, on our one acre of heaven.
This is where I rest my weary bones after working in the garden each night. My recycled swing, tucked up under the canopy of the big avocado trees. Next to the coop, where the hens entertain me. I love to read and crochet here. Sometimes Geeps and I have a little snack, and watch the sun go down together.
I carry in a dozen or so every night! This was a light load...so I just carried them in my shirt!
I leave you with one last garden shot. I have cut the stalks of corn, as they are nearly completely dried now. They will be bundled with raffia and used as part of my Fall decorations in the front of the house.