Raking with Chickens

Raking leaves is one of those necessary projects with no end during autumn.  I rake and then rake some more.  Next, the wind blows or it rains and there are more leaves.  But.my approach is simple:  Get the majority of leaves up and into the compost and liberate the electric fence from any which lodge themselves onto it.  If I dedicate myself to doing this every week for about an hour, then it is a small and manageable task.

That is, unless you have chickens.

Love our hens.  Hate their help.

Try digging a garden bed with chickens around.  They are there to supervise and assist, and eat all the worms.  Clean their coop, and they are all a flutter to closely inspect our efforts.   They peck at newly discovered insects, make certain the feeders are topped up, and kick about any new hay to make their nests just so.  Truthfully, they are a little micro-manage-y.

But rake leaves, and they are beside themselves with mischief.  Just look at the photos:

 

The beginnings of a row to make a pile for moving.

The beginnings of a row to make a pile for moving.

 

Here come the chickens.

Here come the chickens.

 

"Let's do it!" say the hens.

“Let’s do it!” say the hens.

 

A guilty member of the flock has spread the leaves back into their original location.

A guilty member of the flock has spread the leaves back into their original location.

 

After twice as much time, I managed to collect a sizeable amount of leaves for the compost.

After twice as much time, I managed to collect a sizeable amount of leaves for the compost.

 

The hens have taken themselves off to bed and seem to be having a conversation along the lines of, “It wasn’t me.”

The hens have taken themselves off to bed and seem to be having a conversation along the lines of, “It wasn’t me.”

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13 comments on “Raking with Chickens

  1. Michael Moore says:

    Chickens simply assume any row of leaves is a buffet. 😉

  2. Hysterical! My ducks and puppy like to “help” with the raking too.

  3. Julia Osborne says:

    I’ve never seen such happy and healthy looking hens! How lovely that their life is such a wonderful natural experience! Brownie points Catherine! Xx

  4. Kelly Andrade says:

    This post brought back so many childhood memories! I always felt they were judging me when I would feed them corn and the judgey noises they would make like, “Hurry up! I am hungry here!” You can’t help but smile when they are around though…they are so clever.

    • They do sound impatient at times. I think they are, too. Then again, the past three days have had them hiding from the wind and rain, quiet as can be and early to bed. They’re troopers! When the sun comes out tomorrow, we will need to be prepared for some catching up on their part….worms, scratching, dust baths, being bossy….love them!

  5. Paul Blaney says:

    Wasn’t me always puts me in mind of that song by Shaggy. It wasn’t convincing in his case either! He totally did it!

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