My chickens are spoiled, pampered and have a pretty good deal here. Well, I think so. I try to set up feeders and think of ways to keep the treats that the ladies and Jack get from getting dirty. I wouldn’t want to eat my treats off of the ground. They love watermelon on a hot day just as I do. Have you ever seen watermelon that has just been thrown into the run ?? It is quickly covered in dirt, a dark brown mess.
Corn on the cob is very much the same, it quickly becomes a dark brown mess. To fix this I stuck 4 short dowels into a short slab of pine, drill a hole into the end of the corn cobs and slide them onto the dowels. The ladies love it. They pick them clean.
I’m trying to grow turnips for the first time this year. I’ve grown rutabagas with limited success in the past and they are pretty much the same thing. I plant a lot of different things but not a lot of one thing. So I thinned my turnips to 10 plants and they were doing well. Then one of them started to wilt and then another. I dug them up and the root was eaten into a honey comb by ants. I’m trying DE (diatomaceous earth) sprinkled around the plants to see if this will get rid of the ants.