Since their arrival late last year our chickens have become happy little family members and get visited quite a few times a day with scraps and treats.
They are very entertaining and as soon as they hear footsteps coming up past the washing line they rush to the fence to see what you might be bringing.
Unfortunately for me the chook run is right next to my vegie garden. That is a good thing for weeding, I don’t have to clean up after myself, I just chuck the bits over the fence and they run around madly trying to get the choicest pieces.
The bad part of it is that they have developed a taste for the tomato plants which are in a raised garden bed against one part of their fence. The poor tomatoes had to be re-staked to train them further away from the hungry beaks as the chooks were jumping up and sticking their heads through the fence to snatch a tasty morsel, doing their best to both strangle themselves and destroy the plants.
I also have a cherry tomato plant growing really well on the back verandah. Really well that was, until the rosellas ran out of seed and decided that pulling the flowers off the plant would keep them amused until the next meal arrived. Grrr… At this rate I will never get a home-grown tomato again!!