All spring I have been pleasantly surprised when I dig in the garden because I have not found many Japanese beetle grubs. I usually find dozens of them, but over the past few years, I have diligently destroyed any I find by drowning them or feeding them to the chickens, and so I hope the absence of grubs means I will have fewer problems this year. I began digging in my new raised bed, to which I added manure someone gave me, and found the soil covered with grubs. Hundreds of them.
|A Barred Plymouth Rock chicken pecks at grubs|
Initially, I gathered some into a container and took them to the chickens, but decided that the job would keep me there all day. I brought a couple of chickens there to eat the grubs directly from the ground, and later, after discovering numerous crickets under mulch in the garden, brought a chicken into the garden to catch and eat every cricket of the dozen or so I exposed. The chickens ate grubs until their crops, the area in their neck area that stores food, was the size of golf balls. I put the full chickens back into their pen for a well-deserved nap, and put two hungry chickens in the bed to work for their dinner.
|Sterling in his wheelchair from K9 Carts and resting his head on some blankets I provided for him|