I have spent years building my perennial gardens. Each year we enrich the soil with our own compost. The majority of my plants have come either from my grandmother, friends or neighbors.
But against the chickens, the plants really haven't had a chance. The chickens, in the gardens, take shelter (bad), hunt for insects (really bad), and take dust baths (plant-pocalypse).
|Taking a Dust Bath|
|In Our East Field Last Fall|
But third, due to their diet that includes insects (including all of our ticks), and perhaps their general well being, they produce the most intense egg yolks I have ever seen. Their flavor is unmatched and I am guessing they are more healthful as well. Even against those from local farms (such as seen here), our eggs are in a class all of their own. And if that means going without perfect flower beds, that seems like a pretty small price to pay.
|The Farmer's Market egg is on the left; one of our double-yolkers is on the right.|