Chicken Chronicles – Happy Hour at the Kale Bar

Ever since they were five weeks old, our chickens have had a “thing” for kale.  As an experiment, I threw a couple kale leaves into their pen.  After a few test pecks, the “girls” devoured the kale.  This has become a daily ritual.  In fact, a friend of ours coined a new phrase;  “I’m on it, like chickens on kale”.  (Catherine Dyer)

This season, I came up with the idea of planting a couple of containers with kale and “Purple Peacock”, a broccoli/kale hybrid.  All I can say is that we have some happy chickens.

KALE BAR OPEN FOR BUSINESS
KALE BAR OPEN FOR BUSINESS
THE CHICKENS ENJOYING AN AFTERNOON SNACK AT THE KALE BAR
THE CHICKENS ENJOYING AN AFTERNOON SNACK AT THE KALE BAR
KALE BAR TERRORIZED BY CHICKENS
KALE BAR TERRORIZED BY CHICKENS

As you can see, it’s a good idea to have several containers of kale that you can rotate into service.  It takes a couple of weeks for the plants to recover, but they do recover.   Chickens do like a diverse menu.  They are especially drawn to members of the brassica family (cabbage, broccoli, kale).  Go ahead, spoil your chickens.

all the best,

Greg

2 Replies to “Chicken Chronicles – Happy Hour at the Kale Bar”

  1. Hi Greg,
    Yesterday, I harvested and enjoyed my first Betty tomato. It was a large, firm fruit and absolutely delicious! I took a picture, but don’t see of a way to post it. Nebraska Wedding will be today’s harvest….a beautiful, orange color, a bit larger than a tennis ball. Can’t wait to try it! Both of these plants are growing in containers and doing very well, though they might have been even happier in slightly larger containers.
    Sue

    1. Hi Sue
      Thanks for the tomato report. I am happy to hear that you like the Betty tomato. Unfortunately, the chickens got to my first ripening Betty before I did.
      This a great time of year in the garden and it’s only going to get better.
      All the best,
      Greg

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