Hello, garden gals and guys! I had to start off this post with a picture of Rosa, one of my little chickens. My daughter snagged this picture of her. I had so much fun posting this on Facebook and asking people to make up their own captions.
I never thought about chickens reducing my household waste when I got them. I knew they would give me eggs, which meant I didn’t have to by them from the store. I knew that their manure makes great fertilizer for my gardens. I also knew that they are great for insect control.
But I forgot about the fact that I can feed them my kitchen scraps! That means no more wasted food. That also means that everything I put in my kitchen trash will be able to go into my recycle bins now. That’s awesome! And I feel as if Rosa is looking at me in this picture and saying “wait…you didn’t KNOW that?!”
I must admit, I’m really enjoying raising these chickens. They’ve grown SO much over the past two months. They even have their own personalities. Rosa (pictured above) is the smallest, but she’s also the fastest and the baddest! She keeps me laughing.
I’ll be sure to post more about my chickens as I learn to care for them. One thing I know for sure, I’ve got to grow a LOT more herbs! I’ve read that herbs are so good for them. I’ve fed them rosemary, basil, oregano and sage. They ate the plants in a matter of a few minutes! I can’t grow it fast enough to keep up with their demand for them, so it looks like I will be buying trays of them at my local nursery!
Here’s one more useful tip for all you chicken lovers out there. Put a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (per gallon of water) into their water. It’s an all natural way of keeping the chickens healthy. I’ve been doing this for them since they were tiny babies. Here’s a great article on the benefits of feeding it to your chickens.
Well that’s it for now garden gals and guys! Until next time….