I have discovered something… that sometimes my kids do like feeding the chickens. especially when it involves this:
That is a Quart jar half filled with cicadas. As our chickens are not free ranging (last time I free ranged they ate my veggies), I look for other sources of feed for them. They seem to love cicadas. This is the perfect time of the year near where I live to do this, remember to catch them first thing in the morning when they are still sluggish. Then all you need is:
a jar (per kid)
and a yard of cicadas
This half quart was “picked” in twenty minutes by my three kids, it seems even my girls liked this. You could do this with grasshoppers if you have a lot as well. We have done this twice now and the birds just inhale them. This morning when I tosses a 1/4 quart of them into their yard my turkeys were gobbling them up for a solid minute before the chickens realized that the cicadas were food.
I think each turkey got about five cicadas before my chickens figured out they were food, silly thing is considering they have eaten them before in this fashion they should have noticed that they were food earlier.
Speaking of my chickens, we have put the newer group of chickens into the yard and after about 20 minutes of squabbling; they seem to have made some kind of peace. The young ones sit in a corner and then when they big ones aren’t near the food/water the younger ones make a run for them. Funny thing about that though, when I went to check on them a short while ago one of the older pullets “shooed” the “miniflock” over to the food. She ran over and chased them as far as the food then left them alone. Well, at least that is what it appeared to be anyway. It will be interesting to see what happens as they get older, and see where in the larger flock they will fit in. Course, I will be helping that along a little come fall; when I only need one of the cockrals to grow up.
Be Well and Blessed Be…