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Digital Subscriptions > Chickens > March/April 2019 > Into the WEEDS!

Into the WEEDS!

When my chickens include me in a game of follow-the-weeder, everyone wins.

When life’s pressures become overwhelming, I head outside — in any season — settle into a lawn chair and catch up on some TV — CTV, to be precise.

That’s Chicken TV. But you probably knew that, right? It’s entertaining and educational. Spending some quiet time just observing the flock is important for you and your birds; becoming familiar with how they behave when they’re healthy and happy lets you spot the first and smallest signs of illness or injury. Often, that makes the difference between life and death.

Also, there’s just something incredibly soul soothing about watching a happy flock milling around, hunting, pecking, scratching and interacting with each other and you. If you pay attention, they just might teach you a thing or two about the natural world and help you improve your culinary skills. Some of the tastiest foods I enjoy are considered “weeds,” and my little flock of tiny dinos led me to them.

Eastern Redbud

It was early summer when the pink, jewellike blossoms of my eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) began to drop. It’s a bittersweet time for me, as I adore a redbud in full bloom, but also, when its flowers fade, it means the rest of the garden is about to burst forth.

Millie, the bantam mutt of my flock, first made the discovery. I noticed her spending time pecking at the patch of fuchsia-speckled ground under the redbud. Then her flockmates joined her. There was no squabbling — there was enough for everyone — just a group of hens gobbling up fallen redbud blossoms.

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