We were putting finishing touches on it last week, when it occurred to me that it might be fun to bring in some scouts... ambassador hens from our Bird House & Barn to pay a visit and give their cluck of approval. A formal garden tour event would be dropping by the garden and farm, and it seemed like a good time to add big fat happy hens to the mix!
Maria and I chose to bring Lilikoi, because she is especially big, fat, and happy. We brought Mako, the Ameraucana, that looks like a bearded hawk, because she is a docile darling. Liberty, our Cuckoo Marans, is on the low end of the pecking order, but she could care less; she's an adventure seeker, off on her own, and content to be so.
No. Hold on a sec...
The chickens were here as a small addition to a greater effort: The School Farm, organic, locally raised food for the schools, a gathering place for students and families to be together, planting seeds, cultivating community, and food. But chickens. I cannot suppress my own special fondness for my darling chicas, and as long as they were going to be out, and representing chickendom I wanted everyone who saw them to know them better. They would need some kind of introduction... but, what-how?
I headed back to the house, pressed for time, and not sure what to do about introducing the chickens. I decided to paint.
Oh, I forget. I am an amateur, and I was hasty, and even though I have already decided to retouch them, I think they turned out pretty good.
Yellow on wet blue paint? You get a slightly green Buff Orpington... lol.
Alex helped me gather screws and the drill and we had a neat sign, so everyone could meet the chicas!
When there was a chance to explore further, we walked to church, where Alex, and Maria went to pre-k school. They have a beautiful community garden there, too.
A large arbor
Passion Vine... lilikoi!
Plant your passion vines in the barrels, with the trellis and arbor between them.
Add water, sun, three years, and voila!
The flowers and fruit, are a nice bonus to this darling shelter.
food, water, cover, and places to raise young."
National Wildlife Foundation.