Char­lotte shares a tip

Your Chickens - - Charlotte's -

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

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