We are 5 weeks into the school year and the chickens are starting to get to know the students. The students have been getting to know the chickens as well. They are shy and making new friends can sometimes be hard but this is another lesson our school garden can help us learn.
The chickens love hiding in the sun chokes and raspberry patch. The children would not be deterred. Some climbed into the raspberry patch with the chickens to begin building trust.
After a while the chicken felt comfortable enough to accept a treat of mealworms.
At the end of the 45 minute session friendship was beginning to blossom.
Chickens are social creatures and prefer to be in groups of three or more. They will bond with humans like a dog or cat would and chickens can be trained to do simple tricks. They are also creatures of habit. By letting them out and putting them "to bed" at the same time everyday they have begun to recognize the pattern and will now walk up to their upper level when it is time to be "tucked in" for the night.
The addition of chickens to the garden ecosystem has been a beneficial one. They are eating the pest bugs and leaving their droppings in the garden as fertilizer. Since the arrival of frogs to our garden pond we have seen zero mosquitos!
The garden is becoming more and more diverse. In addition to the myriad of pollinators that have shown up this season, we have rabbits, chipmunks, snakes, and a rainbow of bird species inhabiting the space.
Even though the calendar says it's Autumn, that doesn't mean the growing season is over. We have ever bearing raspberry bushes that will still produce until the middle of October. The children eat them as fast as they ripen! Sweet potatoes will be ready for harvest soon, okra is still producing, and we have snap peas we planted in August that will be ready soon. The peppers and eggplant are still producing and the herbs continue to delight our olfactory glands.
As usual, the flowers never disappoint.
|One of three pears that our tree produced this year.|