Tuesday, May 22, 2012
I have spent every spare minute the past few weeks working on my flower beds, herb garden, and veggie gardens. The past few days after finally getting them looking the way I wanted I mulched them... every single one. Yesterday morning when I went outside the first thing I saw was mulch from the flower beds beside the backporch all over the yard. Checking all the other flower beds, herb and veggie gardens found the same results. The greens we have been eating in yummy salads for weeks was nibbled down to the root. Mr. Roo and his 5 mistresses had gotten up early and went crazy. I even had bird netting on the flower beds thinking the chickens might try to scratch or have a dirt bath in them. They had pulled the netting off and pulled up small plants scratched and ate leaves off others. The herb and veggie gardens have fences around them.. they flew over. Mr Roo and his mistresses always get out of every chicken pen I put them in.. until last night. When they went to roost I picked them off the roost and took them to chicken jail. We have 3 connecting chicken pens in the backyard that have wire covering the tops to keep chickens from escaping. Mr. Roo and his 5 mistresses aren't happy but they are in for life. At least he gets to keep his girls with him. As for me inbetween feeding, watering, cleaning pens, laundry, cleaning house, mowing grass, cooking dinner I repaired and remulched some of my flower beds. Hopefully I will finish the rest tomorrow. Also decided to catch the 2 momma hens and their babies and put them in a pen. Didn't want them to get any bright ideas and undo what I did today. Right now only Mr and Mrs Black (rabbits) and Coach (bantam rooster) are free to roam. They always stay around the animal pens, woods, or pasture and don't bother anything. So hopefully I won't be cooking a big batch of fried chicken anytime soon. Good thing for Mr Roo I like him or he would be a tasty chicken stew!