Charlotte shares a tip
Hens love eating grass and other green vegetation and there should be plenty of grass and weeds growing at this time of the year. For us the period of the year between April and the first half of May used to be known as The Hungry Gap because the winter produce such as parsnips and brussels sprouts had run out, winter vegetables such as cabbage and kale had bolted and stored potatoes would be sprouting like mad. But it is a pretty good time of year for your hens; they are enjoying all the new growth and for them it is also peak laying season. This year my hens have taken a liking to the leaves on my redcurrant bush – they are young, green and tender and that is what matters; they have not touched my wild garlic though or any of my herbs such as mint and chives that are prevalent this year. Preferences seem to vary depending on my hens. One year I remember they tucked into young beech leaves and someone did eat the chives but this year it is the redcurrant bush! It’s strange that they don’t eat the mint which is strongly flavoured but they will eat my rocket which I give them when it’s overgrown and I want to start afresh with new salad plants under my cloche. It is such a pity that they don’t eat ground elder which is so prolific at this time of year!
Disappearing leaves off the redcurrant bush