Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Broccoli Buffet

I pulled up one of the spent broccoli plants on Sunday and put it in the chicken pen, leaves, roots, and all. It had aphids underneath some of the leaves. The aphids were the first to go! I guess chickens eat dessert first too. They were very excited. They also love the root ball because it's loaded with lots of little crawly things, and sometimes even a worm or two, which makes them very happy. By the end of the day, all of the greens were cleared and most of the roots, and the girls were very full.

Apparently, the thing to do after eating at the buffet is to just plop down in dirt next to the buffet and enjoy a dirt bath, followed by a nap.

By the end of the day Monday, only the stalk and a very small root ball were left.

I gave them a new broccoli plant today. They definitely love the broccoli buffet. I have one more plant to pull up and give them. Chickens are such good garden helpers!

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