The things growing most in my garden right now are green grasshoppers mating & green grubs!
Most arvos I go round & grab a heap of hoppers getting them 2 for one sort of deal due to them mating & take a handful to the chooks.
Today, needing a break from my rural pursuits, I spent a pleasant restful arvo with chooks in tow in the garden.
I decided it was time they learned to catch their own hoppers & grubs because being ex-commercial, even though free range, they never learned that art.
They caught on easily but were just as happy to await my outstretched hand bearing gifts
It is so sad that in the not too distant future I will probably have to dispatch them due to being ex-commercial layers.
One black hen died recently from bumble foot which was past treating successfully & the red hen seems to have stopped laying, thankfully because she was at the point of needing intervention of the drastic kind. She seems recovered now but not laying which is fine by me.
They are so personable & gentle & they engage in 'conversation' with me. They are happy to 'work' with me in the garden. I sit & pull a few weeds & they get right in there where the weed came from & check for critters. Or if I cluck & hold a plant a certain way they know to look for hoppers & jump up for the treat.
It has been so hot recently & I am somewhat drained due to working outside most days.
To the west of my vegie garden there is a massive spotted gum tree so the whole garden & orchard has shade coming across by 3pm making the green couch grass very inviting to sit on between the beds. It was nice to just sit in the shade with a gentle breeze & do almost nothing while in the company of other living beings that didn't expect anything from me other than some simple treats. They were happy to walk right over my lap or stop atop my knees for a better view of the world.
When I was weeding around the fruit trees they got right in to 'help', then had a drink at a runnel from the hose. A really pleasant few hours which I should do more often.