|Three Silkie Bantams enjoy a breakfast of bugs|
Termites were found in one of the new planting beds at my son’s school. As we are practicing organic gardening techniques, it was only natural to think of the chickens to help eradicate these unwanted pests. My friend who owns the farm in Cotuit arrived around 9:30am with a large wire dog crate and three Silkie Bantam chickens.
We stirred up the soil and then placed the cage inside the raised bed with the chickens inside. We kept the chickens caged for their safety and to help them focus on the immediate task at hand. Within seconds of being in the enclosure they got to work. As they dined on their delicious breakfast of termites, students came outside to see the chickens busy at work.
While the chickens did their part, we planted strawberries, beets and potatos. Ever so often, we lifted the cage and retilled the soil to unearth a fresh batch of termites. Soon enough, the chickens were full. Their crops became pendulous and we knew that they had done their job. Next time, you have a problem in your garden, don’t forget about the skills of your chickens. Mine even made their own resume sometime ago to remind me of their talents!
You can find more pictures in today’s copy of the Cape Cod Times on page A3.
Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest