Now you see it… The case of the disappearing parsley

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Parsley is a delightful savoury  treat – for humans, guinea pigs and even for chickens. The girls had been proudly presenting me and my family with freshly laid eggs so it was my turn to treat them.  I bought three reasonably priced parsley plants in a supermarket and planted them in the side garden, otherwise known as Hen Garden.

The ladies headed straight for the herbs. In the space of less than two hours, the parsley was no longer to be seen. It had been eaten, trampled on, demolished and vandalised.

(I call them ladies but that sort of behaviour is not very ladylike really. Is it Dottie?).

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And it did make me think, my back garden is pretty much green with many plants (unfortunately many weeds and unidentifiable ones too) – Hen Corner in contrast is brown and barren except for a few lonely specimens such as an apple tree.

It wasn’t always such a forlorn desert.

Where has all the greenery gone?

Then I spotted Mabel gobbling up yet another leaf from one of the lucky plants still standing.

So that’s where they have disappeared to.

In Mabel’s belly.

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Mabel, pictured with Ava, looking for tasty greens to sample
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28 thoughts on “Now you see it… The case of the disappearing parsley

  1. I love this, Clare. It made me laugh out loud, so thank you for brightening my day. Sorry about your parsley and the other fallen greenery. I’m sure the ‘ladies’ are perfectly happy though! 🙂

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    1. They were very happy with their parsley! I have decided that herbs grown for humans will be placed away from chickens otherwise they will all disappear within a very short period of time. I planted some more parsley this week in their area and, once again, it was all quickly demolished. 🙂

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  2. That’s the thing abour chickens, they are great for eggs, but like geese and ducks, they will demolish a garden – when l kept chickens l ahd something like 40 of them. I had rescued them from a battery farmer and they were going to be killed. There was 600 chickens and l managed to rehome 560 and kept the remainder. Lovely animals, but ye gawds can they wreck things ha ha!

    Nothing was seen as bad to them, plants, grain, snails, worms and lord above if a mouse ever ran in front of them … l am still reeling in shcok of seeing the hens chase the poor thing around the garden that day! Even sparrows weren’t stupid enough to land amongst that flock!

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    1. Rescuing 40 chickens from a battery farmer is a great thing to do, even if they repaid you by demolishing your garden! I originally wanted ex-bats but thought size-wise, bantams might be better for a small garden and, as a novice hen keeper, I was worried about the ex-bats getting poorly. But even 5 small bantams can destroy and demolish, even with fancy feathered feet. Poor mouse! I saw a mouse in the coop a few months back and I did think, he should get out for his own safety! They might be little bantams but they can still peck, especially Dottie!

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      1. Yes they did demolish the garden ha ha – but oh the eggs – the eggs were superb, they produced an egg per chicken every single day!! It got to the point l had more eggs than l could eat so l started selling them at £1 for half dozen, so that more than made up for a few plants going to waste.

        I found it sad that they were to be killed, because upon being rescued and given a place of their own, with space to roam about and really enjoy freedom, and they started coming back to life as chickens, their feathers grew back, they regained much of their personality, humour and confidence and it was a really nice thing to see – l have to be honest and say that l became very proud of these chickens who were almost sticking two fingers up at the establishment as if you say “OLD us, meh!!”

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      2. The eggs do make up for it. When I eat one of the eggs my hens have laid, I can easily forgive them for their ‘weeding’ of my garden plants! I have seen before and after pictures of ex-bats and the transformation can be incredible.

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  3. Last summer when there were lots of other green plants for them to forage the chickens left our parsley alone, but last week it started to sprout and being one of just a few green plants so far the chickens made quick work of it. Glad we have some parsley seeds started. LOL

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    1. Chickens are very quick at demolishing parsley I’ve found! I will need to get more green plants to distract them! I think I will keep any parsley for human use away from ‘their’ garden otherwise it will be gone within an hour! 🙂

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    1. I think all chickens are naughty when it comes to tasty greens! I dug some marjoram into my hens’ ‘garden’ (Thank goodness they can’t get into all of my garden otherwise I would have no plants left!) It lasted less than half an hour. 🙂

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