Isla is completely fascinated by our chickens and spends a lot of time in our backyard shouting, “HEWWO!” at them and talking to them and peeking her little face between the slats in the fence to watch them run around. She also has a healthy fear of the chickens, after a run-in with our resident grumpy hen, Carson. If you ask her what chickens do, Isla will solemnly tell you, “They bite.”
She also loves getting into the garden. At our housewarming, she and a couple of the other kids spent the majority of the party throwing dirt from the garden at each other (not a big deal, since our winter garden has just about run its course and the whole mess will have to be pulled up within a few weeks anyhow.) Isla also likes to hunt for “catuhpihwuw” and “nail” (caterpillars and snails) and help pick broccoli, kale, and greens. She “helps” us water the plants by standing under the spray from the hose and getting soaked to the bone.
So what activity combines two of Isla’s favorite things in the whole wide world? Picking kale straight from our garden and feeding it to our chickens! Kale is a healthy treat for chickens, as long as you don’t give them too much and feed them other things as well, and helps boost egg production, or so I’ve been told. The chickens certainly love it. When they’ve gotten into the garden, they’ll gobble the kale down to nubs! They also love turnip and collard greens, and they really enjoyed getting an entire broccoli plant to themselves.
Here are some snaps of Isla feeding the chickens.