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Comment by Randall Smith on August 8, 2017 at 7:16am

Gee, I just about forgot zinnias exist! I should plant some next year. Thanks for the reminder.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 8, 2017 at 6:26am

Daniel, that pot of multicolored Zinnias is attractive.

Thomas & Joan, I like your chicken garden stories.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 8, 2017 at 4:10am

Daniel, your zinnias are beautiful! What did they remind you of?

Thomas, planting along the chicken coop seems like a perfect place for flowers. My grandmother always grew peas along her coop and protected them with cardboard or an old sheet while they grew. When the peas were sufficiently high she removed the protection and the chickens went wild! They ate leaves as high as they could reach and didn't damage the stem, so the peas grew up and over the fence. The chickens had snacks and shade. 

Comment by Thomas Murray on August 7, 2017 at 11:27pm

Very pretty flowers, Daniel.

Four years ago when I had my chickens I planted a chicken garden that included zinnias along with marigolds, mini sunflowers, clovers,lavender, and just a whole mess of wildflowers next to the chicken coop. It was fenced off to keep the chickens off until the flowers were fully grown.  But once in a while a chicken or two would get in and start gobbling up the seedlings. After a couple months and an array of colorful garden I took down the barriers and the chickens went ballistic into the chicken garden. They ate. up the zinnias and marigolds and the sunflower seeds...oh and the bugs too I wished I had taken pictures of the project.

You take nice pictures, Daniel.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 6, 2017 at 2:27pm
Congrats Randy. That's an accomplishment in these times of people moving away from their roots.
Comment by kathy: ky on August 6, 2017 at 2:24pm
As Thomas said meal worms are beetle larvae.
Joan there's a pretty simple recipe for breeding them on the backyard chicken website I believe it was. Not as messy as the one I did. And it probably doesn't smell as bad. Heat is key so your greenhouse would be perfect.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 6, 2017 at 12:56pm

Randy, that celebration sounds like a one not-to-miss. Aren't you proud!? I hope things are going better for them and that they can recover from all the storm damage to their crops and equipment. 

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Comment by Idaho Spud on August 6, 2017 at 9:50am

That would be fun to watch Thomas.

Comment by Thomas Murray on August 6, 2017 at 9:47am

   Chickens are crazy for meal-worms. When I had a compost going my barred rock chickens discovered mealworms in the pile. Since then every morning when I let the chicken out to free roam they race and fly to the compost pile. Their digging antics are like cats to catnip.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 6, 2017 at 8:28am

I'm not familiar with mealworms, but Wikipedia says they're the larval stage of the mealworm beetle.  They feed on vegetation, dead insects, and can eat polystyrene.

 

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