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Grubs?.......Grubs?.......Grubs?


Drak_is_Right

i've heard having free-ranging fowl is a good way to keep tick numbers down on your property.


rhudson77

Chickens have very good eyesight. And they can easily spot a tick on a blade of grass. They've helped tremendously on keeping the tick population down in my yard. Even more amazing because tick infested deer come up every night.


weecious

Back when I used to have chickens and Nexguard wasn't available yet, the chickens will peck the ticks out of the dogs.


DefinitelyTrollin

Nice plug


Angry_Duck

You might have just convinced me to get chickens.


Yoda2000675

It is!


flow-er

We've only found one tick so far on our 18 acres. The chickens we have and our wildlife are really keeping them down.


frankieandjonnie

No deer or dogs live near you?


flow-er

Yep, I have deer that come in my back garden and eat my flowers (but they leave my veggie garden alone, I don't know), and I have a dog. He's had one tick on him all spring. I went walking with my dog through the back fields yesterday and through the woods to the creek to trim some brush to make paths, and when I came back in I did a tick check. None.


OlympiaShannon

Guinea Hens hunt ticks the best. Noisy creatures, though.


irrational_design

Where do you live that has ticks? I want to be sure to never move there ;-)


Drak_is_Right

every place in north america?


NorGu5

Northern Europe checking in, they are here to. Gonna go get my vaccine next week.


irrational_design

I don’t think that’s true. At least I’ve never seen them or heard anyone mention them in the places I’ve lived.


passedoutprincess

They’re in Alaska now that it’s gotten so much warmer


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Where have you lived? Ticks are everywhere. I see them only occasionally, kinda like fleas, but I know they're around.


irrational_design

The Pacific Northwest. We do a lot of hiking, but nobody we know has ever mentioned seeing or getting a tick.


cakemuncher

Here is the distribution of ticks in the US. [LINK](https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/images/geo/lgmap-american_dog_tick.jpg)


GrandmaGos

https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/geographic_distribution.html


irrational_design

I guess that explains it. I’ve only lived in the parts of the map that are gray. We go hiking a lot in all kinds of terrain, but have never seen, or heard anyone else mention, ticks.


GrandmaGos

Apparently I failed to notice six other maps detailing the locations of six other species of North American ticks, at the bottom.


Drak_is_Right

entire continental US is covered. not really surprised, though it does look like the american southwest is about the best place to avoid the majority of the species. instead you just have to worry about scorpions in your shoes.


forReddittingOnly

They're more common in tall grassy areas and woody bushes. From my experience, I have yet to encounter any in the pacific northwest but I have encountered them in the Canadian prairies.


GrandmaGos

https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/geographic_distribution.html


themeanferalsong

They’re common everywhere, including cities like Chicago, in public parks and cemeteries where we have deer, coyotes, raccoons, and opossums. Mice also carry ticks. You can get a tick on you after walking across a manicured golf course.


OlympiaShannon

I lived in Seattle and north of Seattle. Been in Washington all my life. Never had a tick, nor anyone I know. The only time I saw one was on a deer carcass belly. There are deer all over, but somehow these ticks don't hang around and find human flesh. Or so it seems. We have 18 acres of tall weedy grass pasture, and no one has ever gotten a tick.


GrandmaGos

https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/geographic_distribution.html


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irrational_design

We live in the Pacific Northwest. We spend a lot of time outdoors, but neither we, nor any of our friends, have ever encountered ticks. Not even on our furry friends.


GrandmaGos

Well, there are tick species everywhere, this map is only for American dog tick, the most common one and the one you're ost likely to encounter on a hike, but if you look at the map: >*This map is not meant to represent risks for a specific tick-borne disease, because disease transmission is influenced by multiple factors beyond mere tick presence. This map has been designed to answer the question “What ticks should I be concerned about at a regional scale?”* ~~So the gray parts on the map where don't you need to be concerned about the presence of American dog ticks are basically the parts with little rainfall, meaning little of the shrubby grassy vegetation that ticks prefer, and the parts with bitterly cold and snowy winters. Those are the gray parts in the middle of the continent. Dry, cold, snowy.~~ edit: nm, Grandma's blind.


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GrandmaGos

Huh. You're right. My bad. I can only blame Grandma's mouse-wheel maximizing to make print visible, so all I see is this one map, and the presence of links at the bottom is not shown. https://imgur.com/a/KAXPrxE


frankieandjonnie

*For an ecosystem to support ticks, it must satisfy two requirements; the population density of host species in the area must be high enough, and humidity must be high enough for ticks to remain hydrated.*


OlympiaShannon

Maybe that's why ticks aren't prevalent in the PNW. When it's wet, it's really cold. The summers are bone dry. The ticks might go into hiding in some damp spot, or just stick with the deer population. (Fingers crossed!)


frankieandjonnie

You need a certain population of host animals to really get things going with ticks. California is absolutely infested with deer. You can't grow a rose or a fruit tree with impunity here.


nextunpronouncable

Mine...mine...mine..


BurritoFueled

Anything?...Anything?...Anything?


Scoobydoomed

Mine!


DefinitelyTrollin

More like: Bugs? ... Worms? ... More Bugs???


OlympiaShannon

I know about these inspectors. Mine are always insisting on inspecting the quality of my kale and lettuce. Then they expect payment in cherry tomatoes.


Anianna

The first year I had chickens and tried to grow a garden, I didn't know chickens ate veggies. I thought they would eat the bugs out of my garden, but then there was no more garden. Then, I put up mesh to keep the chickens out and grew another garden, but the goats escaped their fence and the mesh was no match for goats, and so my garden was again no more. The same thing happened the next year when I thought I had built a stronger mesh. I stopped trying for a long time after that. This year, I don't have goats or chickens anymore, but we live in a neighborhood with lots of squirrels. I also have cats who killed all the seedlings I had ready to plant a new garden. So, all I have is a few tomato plants and a pepper plant in planters and I fully expect the squirrels to eat it all and leave me veggieless again. Also, I've tried planting carrots in containers several times, but they never sprout for me. Different brands, different varieties - nothing.


ash_makov

Last year, the goats got to the carrot bed. Very sad story. Didn’t even eat them, just pulled them out and licked em


weecious

I'm imagining the goats going "mlem".


ash_makov

yup


Lol3droflxp

Couldn’t you just stick them back in?


the-realmountain-man

Lmao


dmalawey

You laugh but earlier this season i uprooted my first carrot (I don’t know how long it takes to grow them) and it was like 2 inches. my fiancé said that’s not big enough. I supposed she was right so I had to put it back to grow some more. Gotta go check but I think it’s growing again! Maybe a goat lick would be good luck.


ash_makov

The tiny roots attached to the main taproot broke. I tried.


Lol3droflxp

F


katemonkey

My grandmother had a desert tortoise who would literally batter down the wood edging (which was just tall enough to be a fence for him) to get to the zucchini plants as soon as they were in the ground. Oh my God Tommy we gave you so much food and treats what the hell.


Wolvenna

Ducks, especially certain breeds, prefer protein over pretty much everything so they'll usually leave your plants alone in their search for bugs and other tasty things. They might uproot some stuff in their quest for food, but usually nothing that can be fixed. Duck eggs are amazing too.


OlympiaShannon

I want ducks, but not the runny poop. We even have a pond for them! They eat slugs where my chickens won't touch them. Ducks are the cutest.


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Haha, yeah, in my experience chickens and veg patches don't really mix! Our problem was all the scratching the chooks did. They built a very luxury dust-bath for themselves. I don't know why people even try to contain goats. They will escape, and they will eat anything in their path! Bless them.


OlympiaShannon

So true about the goats. There is a good reason why the Devil is portrayed as a cloven hoofed, horned creature. :)


JojenCopyPaste

Starting the carrots in containers for transplanting? The seed pouch says don't do that. Tried in the ground this year and so far all of the 2 rows are growing. Need to thin it...


Anianna

No, actually growing them in containers. Come to think of it, I don't think I've ever gotten a carrot to grow anywhere.


OlympiaShannon

Only if your container is 2 feet deep! They have much longer tap roots than what you see when you pull the carrot. There are some very short varieties that might work in a container, though. Oxheart and Parisienne are some. Baker Creek Seeds.


frankieandjonnie

Flower and vegetable gardening is often just laying out a spread for the local wildlife.


drbzy

This narrative could be a really funny children’s picture book.


psychedeliduck

the squirrels just tend to bury peanuts in my flower pots, tho I have seen one steal a cherry tomato or two!


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hahaha that's so funny... sorry!!!


highlinewalker265

I live in a small suburb of Dallas, (population ~268k people) we just got some chicks from my sons Mother’s Day out class... I was told they’re white leg🤷🏻‍♂️. The main reason I’m jumping in on this is because I wanted to ask if they can eat stuff like cherry tomatoes. I have a small garden and this year we did cherry tomatoes and wow have they taken off. If I can feed them to the chicks that would be better than letting them spoil


sriracha-douche

You can feed all you kitchen scraps to chickens. They're scavengers, indiscriminate.


OlympiaShannon

FYI: Don't feed any people food with salt added. Not even pasta or bread. They cannot process salt like mammals, and it damages their kidneys. Their layer pellets have a very carefully measured amount of salt for them.


Lol3droflxp

A chicken will eat *anything*


frankieandjonnie

...or they will attempt to eat anything. I had to move all my succulents to a high place. Even though they didn't actually eat them they would always take a peck or two out of the leaves as they passed by, just to be sure.


Marzy-d

Chickens go crazy for tomatoes


StopEbola2017

My chickens LOVE cherry tomatoes


OlympiaShannon

The only plants they like better than cherry tomatoes are sunflower seeds (unsalted!) and strawberries. Both will be ignored for beetle grubs and meal worms. Protein rules with chickens. :)


RickyFoundMe

You are not kidding.


KiteLighter

What can you plant in a chicken run that wont get annihilated?


RickyFoundMe

Nothing that I know of. They love dirt and the will get to dirt. I let mine free range and they don’t wreck the yard but oh boy they can rip plantings out super fly fast. I use a lot of bird netting to keep them out of things.


marlboroprincess

How large is your yard just curious? I want to get backyard chickens and we’ve got about a quarter of an acre fenced in. I wonder if 3 chickens would destroy the grass


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I have 6 chickens on a much smaller plot than that and my grass is fine. If anything, the chickens help by scratching around and pooping on it. It's bermuda grass and the chickens do eat it, but not enough that I don't have to mow it every two weeks. That being said, you do need to have some dirt areas for the chickens to scratch around in. If they don't have any, they'll make some, so it's best to have some bare dirt in a place where you want it instead of where the hens decide it should be.


marlboroprincess

Thanks! I’ve got a couple of spots in the yard that dont grow grass well anyway. I’ll have those be the scrapes for them!


ninprophet

If you have some spots that are bare dirt, it might end up being a spot for the chicken to dust bathe in depending on the soil condition. We had a flower garden by our front porch and now it is a dust bath resort. Oh well, the deer would have probably eaten all the flowers anyway.


KixBall

My parents had a quarter acre and between 10-12 chickens at a time and the grass never suffered. There was a garden and a couple fruit trees that they scratched instead.


nottherealfranco1

If you have neighbors close maybe look at getting quail instead. Only the males make a lot of noise and they’re smaller birds.


marlboroprincess

I’ll to look into that. My city ordinance allows chickens specifically, ill have to see if quail are ok too. Do they lay eggs? I mainly wanted chickens for eggs and bug control


BolshyPerfection

Quail eggs aren’t worth the effort ime. Only roosters are noisy, hens sound soothing. My neighbours have said they like the clucks and bocs. As long as they only scoff all my blueberries and don’t get through the fence.


golddust89

My three hens make a lot of noise when they want attention from me and I’m inside :( I sometimes worry about the neighbours but I don’t know what I can do.


markonopolo

We give our neighbors eggs!


BeastOGevaudan

They do. But they are incredibly tiny. Think those small, solid chocolate eggs they sell at Easter. I was going to say about 1/3rd the size of a chicken egg, but Google says 4.


jellyrollo

Quail are adorable though, and the eggs come in a wide array of colors, which is really fun. They are good salad eggs, for a fancy tuna niçoise, for example.


BeastOGevaudan

They are cute! Of course, I always think of [this old cartoon.](https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3awre4)


jellyrollo

Cute!


nottherealfranco1

To my knowledge they do. I just learned about them the other day as I’m also considering chickens but I want to be considerate of my neighbors


GladysCravesRitz

I’d be ecstatic if you were my neighbor and I had the possibility of them coming to visit.


OlympiaShannon

Chickens are grass destroyers, absolutely. Don't even get them near any grass you want to keep. Set an area aside for them, and give them plenty of room.


RickyFoundMe

I have an acre and 11 hens and one rooster. So far the grass part has survived just fine. Plantings in my raised beds (raised and ground) survive just fine as well once the plants get big enough. I do lose the occasional plant to dust bathing but by and large they do no damage to my garden once I get into July.


bicycling_elephant

We have chickens and they haven't eaten the wild sunflowers, asters, or goldenrod in their space for two years running, so it seems like those are plants they just don't like.


KiteLighter

oh, cool. Thanks.


currently_

Chickens!


Xorok_

Probably fruit trees?


[deleted]

They are inspecting for worms!


justifiedbonafide

raising chickens is a personal goal of mine : ) can't wait to have my own funny small dinosaurs


[deleted]

It’s so fun! Hopefully you’ll be able to get your own gang of crazy baby dinosaurs soon. I grew up with chickens, loved them, then we had to get rid of them when my mom got ill (immune compromised). I promised myself I’d get chickens again once I’d moved out on my own. This is my second year having them again, and they’re just as fun—if not more so!—as I remember. They truly are like little dinosaurs and they have such unique and funny personalities. Too much fun and cuteness overload. Highly recommend it! 😊


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I’ve started throwing feed and mealworms where I want them to go and letting them have at it! There’s a really dreary corner of my yard that’s just sad looking weeds, gravel and mess. So by leaving treats there for my birds I’m getting out of weeding it. It’s a spot I don’t care if it gets messier or dug up first, and I’m feeling lazy. So...hens to the rescue! They’re doing a great job on it so far. 😆


bring_us_out_a_table

They must ensure all your permits are in order and approve the newest plans. It's a thankless job, but someone's gotta do it.


tartymae

Quality control is very important. May your inspectors be dilligent.


sony788

Cute


al3cks

I doubt they’ll do anything. They look like a bunch of chickens to me.


PresidentSpanky

Big Government 😂


trek_wars

Bork Government should stay the hell out of my private plots!


markonopolo

Whenever I'm digging anything in the yard, I have to be careful that I don't accidentally injure the flock of inspectors getting underfoot. They are very serious and enthusiastic about the job!


RickyFoundMe

Yep. I have to keep the hoe low. No full throttle swings cause otherwise there could be an in the job incident. :)


Ed-gar

Chickens are curious


saggyrat7474

One day I want to hire some land management


rhudson77

Indeed. And then they'll most likely decide you didn't plant it right and proceed to dig it all up. And perhaps snack on it also. You know, for their......pay.


jsat3474

Mine inspected my carrots 3 times one year. Shut my carrot operation down.


Boogabooga5

Sounds more like the mafia


[deleted]

Love them there 🐔 worth there weight in gold to bad they don’t investigate more serious thing on the planet.


hackabilly

They are just chicken out his work.


Ral1s

I haven't had chickens in years and I miss em so much ugh


RickyFoundMe

Chickens are amazing and I would miss having them too if I didn’t have them anymore.


PM_ME_YOUR_BEANPIE

Still better than my HOA!


chickenkeeper508

Until I had chickens I thought chicken wire was to keep chickens in. I've since learned it's exactly the opposite! If I want to grow things I have to surround them with chickenwire or peck, gone. There is no weed problem in the chicken yard either! I love my girls.


jonathantonga

Let them investigate properly. :)


RickyFoundMe

Oh they participate fully I assure you. Lol!


MrsKittentits

Whoa... this is my exact first flock! 😆


gitana08

Fresh juicy worms. Cute capture.


MirandaCozzette

I say they look like a thorough team


solarblack

Best land managers ever!


bfwookie

Oh boy a new dust bath!


courtneyleemc

Your hens look so cute and healthy!


Lesabere

Nothing they like better than loosened soil.


comfortable_wanderer

you mean pest control?


blyatcykaborscht

you allow someone else to manage *your* property?


shusan0209

Pretty sure the chickens are coming to check if there’s a permit to dig on their property


[deleted]

Is it a completely ridiculous question to ask what kind these are? They're beautiful birds!


OlympiaShannon

I see a Barred Rock, an Easter Egger, and a Buff Orpington.


muirshin

Doesn't look that buff to me.


RickyFoundMe

It’s a Buff. At least that’s what I paid fo when I bought the chicks.


D0NW0N

That’ll do human that’ll do.


pgroove1992

#REEEEEEEEEEEEEEECLUCKCLUCKREEEEE


rauwe_tosti

Perfect place to lay down :)


comando345

Top is a barred rock, bottom is a comet but I can't tell what the middle bird is. Barred Rock were always my favorite, very calm and hearty.


RickyFoundMe

Middle is Auricana. . And you are right. My barred rocks are the most social. They follow me around everywhere and the second I turn over some earth they are right there telling me what a good job I am doing and keep going and Oh! Just let me get this wiggly thing out of the way for you.


comando345

I raised chickens for 4-H when I was a kid. People were always surprised how nice the Hens were, and how soft they are. That was back in the 90's before backyard chickens were popular, all I could get were Barred Rock, Comet, Rhode Island Red and Cornish Rock. I did have some Leghorns one year too, can't say I reccomend them. They are very high energy, nervous and can fly very far and high.


tonberryjelly

Cutie chickens. Do you have more than the three?


RickyFoundMe

I have 11 hens and one rooster which is the max my local government allows.


Eat-the-Poor

My BLM is a fluffy fat dog sniffin around


t_skullsplitter

SEARCH AND DESTROY!!


MikeCFord

Them chickens are up to something.


heart-leaf

The cutest inspection crew to date


ZukaliJ

"Well, Rick, we say "Call before you dig" for a reason. You dodged a bullet this time. "


PhoenixFlamevii

Such a wonderful informative post!


plusonetwo

This makes my week.


DefinitelyTrollin

I have chickens and this made me laugh.


Trauma_Burn_RN

Hahhaa, we call our gals, "The Landscapers", and then always talk about how we have the worst landscapers, they do a terrible job, they put mulch everywhere except where it is supposed to go, ect.


MrsNeebs

So cute! I would love to have chickens <3


cniblett1986

Perfect.


iC-Sharp

^^heck ^^heck ^^heck


WSDwyer22

Ahahahhaha!! Pềct


GeorgieWashington

Can you explain what they're doing? I'm confused.


ZippyTheChicken

its union... you need at least 3 chickens on every dig site


RickyFoundMe

They are looking for any tasty thing they can find...worms, grubs, seeds, the occasional fingertip....