What do you get when you cross a chicken with a porcupine?
Penelope has seen better days. It has been a rough season for her.
Her molt this summer is a little scary looking and has lasted, it seems, forever. Of course, she’s not been laying eggs the whole time.
The garden here hasn’t faired much better this year. First we had flooding, then severe drought. A double whammy. Production was dim. I managed to collect enough strawberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers to eat on but not enough to preserve. I’d have to chalk this year’s harvest up as an epic failure.
After I turned the calendar page this morning I went ahead and released the chickens into the garden. They’ll spend the rest of the fall cleaning up the foliage, bugs and spreading fertilizer.
Then maybe next year we’ll see better days all around.
I certainly hope so for her sake.