April 18th, 2011
Feeding Scraps to the Chickens
Posted by F&S
When you keep chickens, it’s important to feed them well so that they will lay the best eggs possible. We have about 200 chickens at the farm and that means a lot of food! Fortunately, Martha has the perfect situation. Each week, she takes huge bowls off their beautiful eggs into the test kitchen at the magazine and also to the kitchen at the TV studio. In return, she is given all of the kitchen scraps, sans meat, to feed to the chickens. It’s actually quite a nice little system.
1 Hey Sharkey, Arshad just returned from the TV studio in NYC with a car load of stuff. Something smells a lot like food. Would you come here and confirm?
2 You're right, Francesca. There's definitely food in that bin and it looks like something the chickens might enjoy.
3 Martha makes certain that all of the non-meat kitchen scraps are saved for the chickens.
4 We need to deliver this to our feathered friends ASAP. Who's around who can help us? Maybe Gyurme?
5 Oh, Arshad! We're so glad you're still here to help us with the chicken food.
6 Hi there, Gyurme. Not to worry - you're off the hook this time. Arshad said he has time to help us.
7 Look! The minute those chickens see us pull up, they come running! They always seem to be hungry!
8 Let's undo the knot on these bags to see what kind of feast lies within!
9 Oh boy! It looks like some very healthy nibbles, including hydroponically-grown greens and their organic growing plugs. I also see citrus peels - great vitamin C!
10 And, look! Eggshells! Martha brings big bowls of their eggs to the TV studio and the chickens get to eat their very own thick eggshells! These are very high in calcium, which will help the hens to lay strong eggs.
11 Luckily Arshad was here to help us put the food in their troughs, since we're not allowed in the chicken yard.
12 This is about as close as we can get.
13 We're Frenchies! What can I say? We were born to chase!
14 Just look at them feasting away! Fresh food must certainly be a treat after pecking all that cracked corn that they eat.
15 No wonder these chickens lay such beautiful eggs!
16 Francesca, let's go home and see if our dinner is ready yet. I'm kind of hungry! Perhaps chicken tonight?
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