Yep, exactly. It keeps them from eating the whole plant. The area around the feeder in the top picture is what the ground looks like if they have free run. That was lush grass before the chickens came along.
It also allows me to feed them specific plants regularly. Garlic shoots, mint, nasturtiums, and marigolds give the eggs a richer flavor and have antibacterial properties eliminating the need for feed containing supplements.
ETA: I realized that you can see what the grass looked like on the other side of the fence. Greener, as they say.
i have to admit i am confuse.
surely you mean to keep chickens out, right?
if it is as @NukeML asked about them eating the pokie-outie bits, will they walk on the wire mesh? seems they would not find that terribly comfortable, even for a green snack.
i just need ways to keep feral street chickens out of my gardens!
edit: ok. i see you answered while i was typing. thanks for the follow up
They aren’t crazy about walking on the wires, but the plants are very tasty treats. So the put up with it. They’ll group up there and pluck carefully. And eventually you can see what they like and don’t like by what’s left. Sometimes one bird will get lucky and pull off a long chunk and go running away with the prize, chased by the others. It’s somewhat entertaining.
I’ll do another over winter that just has mint varieties. That’s their favorite, and we use it for a lot of things.
Ha, I bet. On the other hand one of the young hens just revealed as a “he.” Tuesday morning there was a struggling, gargling call, and Wednesday morning was a full-throated cock-a-doodle-doo. Wednesday night he was in the stewpot with the dumplings. The neighbors’ patience is fairly limited.
heehee! i see what you did there!
long time ago, my stepfather and i drove over to eastern washington (from seattle) to purchase a couple hundred pounds of wine grapes (pinot noir? i think). he borrowed a press like that from the wine club he was in. we crushed 'em up and left it to do the first stage ferment on the skins, for a deeper red.
anyway, we botched it and had many bottles of really bad wine that years of aging did not mellow at all!
may your blend be a fortunate vintage!
My “grape beer” is bubbling away merrily. It isn’t terribly frothy in the fermenter but there isn’t any protein in the juice that would allow for head retention so not that surprising. Come to think of it this is gluten free!
Smells good so far. I think this may end up being a refreshing, end of summer drink. We’ll see.
Favorite oddball wines we’ve made are: beet, carob, elderberry california coffee berry port and a not completely awful apricot w/ candy cap mushroom dessert wine. I probably wouldn’t make that last one again, but it was ‘interesting’.
All of the above use frozen grape juice concentrate and or raisins to round out the body.
Never have tried dandelion though. Maybe someday…