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Laying hens out on the grain field.
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Laying hens out on the grain field.

We just moved our laying hens out into the grain field!  This means that we can let them out of their coop since the grain field is fenced.  This is their first taste of freedom ever!  It's such a pleasure to see them scratching, digging and flapping.  They will be working hard until the snow flies cleaning up after the grain harvest.  They will find almost every last scrap of grain that may have fallen in the harvesting process.  They will also eat weed seeds before they get a chance to work into the soil.  Part of their foraging process is scratching.  They take a step forward and scratch once with each foot.  Then they back up one step and bend down for a look!  Sometimes they find seed and sometimes they find a bug!  Of course during all this they are also dropping nitrogen rich manure onto the earth.  I've read that this technique, which is normally done with hogs, is called "hogging down" the land.  I think we should call this "henning down" the land!

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