Finally getting ready to plant the south raised bed with overwintering greens, and using the chickens to clear out the weeds and bugs one last time.
My chickens’ favorite thing — aside from snails — is bare dirt and dead grass with lots of bugs and worms to eat before dust-bathing. This is exactly what they have today: I’ve been throwing weeds and grass on top of the raises bed for about two months now, as an easy mulch to protect the dirt from rain and sun. A lot of it has been eaten by worms or otherwise decomposed, and the soil beneath is light, damp, and a deep rich black-brown — perfect!
Incidentally, you can tell how happy the chickens are right now: they’re silent except for the scratching, and all their butts are pointed straight up as they forage. Happy chickens and happy gardens!