I don't know if any of you have chickens or let them free range but they are a "hoot" to have in the yard.
A year and a half ago three chickens were donated to our ministry ~ Sovereign Grace Homeland Missions in Slidell, LA. For the longest time we did not let them out of their cage, which is kind of small. It made caring for them difficult, so we started letting them wander around a little at a time. They do not have their wings clipped so the thought of them flying away home was concerning. Well, no worries there, as long as tortilla's are offered, they don't go far.
In fact, they stick pretty close to the buildings, wandering all around and even out front. I did not realize what they were up to till I read a great article about the benefits of having free range chickens. https://www.organicgardening.com/living/ ... A.facebook
Duh! They eat bugs! Since allowing our chickens to free range around the yard the problem with bugs getting inside our buildings has been greatly reduced, including those HUGE cockroaches (Palmetto Bugs) that seem to be everywhere down here. Reducing the rate of one of those flying at your head in the bathroom is very agreeable.
The same benefit is true, of course, for your garden. If you can get them to hang around your garden, still working on that. Herding chickens is a lot like... well... herding chickens...
So if you have ever considered getting chickens or have some but don't let them wander, you might want to consider it. They are pretty easy to keep and offer the benefit of fresh eggs every day.
Just thought you might like to know.