Ever since they were five weeks old, our chickens have had a “thing” for kale.  As an experiment, I threw a couple kale leaves into their pen.  After a few test pecks, the “girls” devoured the kale.  This has become a daily ritual.  In fact, a friend of ours coined a new phrase;  “I’m on it, like chickens on kale”.  (Catherine Dyer)

This season, I came up with the idea of planting a couple of containers with kale and “Purple Peacock”, a broccoli/kale hybrid.  All I can say is that we have some happy chickens.

KALE BAR OPEN FOR BUSINESS

KALE BAR OPEN FOR BUSINESS

THE CHICKENS ENJOYING AN AFTERNOON SNACK AT THE KALE BAR

THE CHICKENS ENJOYING AN AFTERNOON SNACK AT THE KALE BAR

KALE BAR TERRORIZED BY CHICKENS

KALE BAR TERRORIZED BY CHICKENS

As you can see, it’s a good idea to have several containers of kale that you can rotate into service.  It takes a couple of weeks for the plants to recover, but they do recover.   Chickens do like a diverse menu.  They are especially drawn to members of the brassica family (cabbage, broccoli, kale).  Go ahead, spoil your chickens.

all the best,

Greg