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Old boards make worm buffet for chickens

Chickens eating worms under a boardA couple of weeks ago, Mark figured out that the old boards tacking down the bottom edge of our pasture fence were attracting scads of earthworms.  He tipped a board up and the hens came running, eating up the worms in seconds.  Ever since, he's made it a habit to flip up a board or two when he goes in to gather the eggs in the evening.  I keep thinking that we'd run out of worms, but new worms keep appearing to take the old ones' place.

The trick to attracting earthworms seems to be placing a moist object on top of bare soil, and damp cardboard is even more effective than boards.  We're currently experimenting with laying down sheets of cardboard in the pasture to create a worm buffet for the flock and will let you know if we come up with anything higher tech that works better.

Our chicken waterer provides POOP-free water even in the irregular terrain of our forest pastures.

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