The chickens got out today. The wind blew open the coop door while I was collecting the eggs. They are outside every day, but in their big fenced area that we have covered with snow fencing. We do, occasionally, let them free range for an hour or so before bed when we are out there. They don't go far and come back inside the coop as soon as it starts to get dark.
Today they got out in the morning and went exploring.
I quickly fenced off my ripening Queen Anne's Pocket Melon and cilantro seeds.
I wandered around with them for awhile, doing some light garden chores. I saw Rocky the rooster start to eat a sweet william I grew from seed. He called the hens over and they ate some of it too. I was getting worried when they left it and moved along to something else.
They came to the new Russian sage. I was prepared to rescue it but they just ignored it and kept going. I hoped they wouldn't notice the 'Intense purple' amaranth ripening nearby. They did't pay any attention to it, thank goodness!
I had a small pile on the ground but thought it prudent to rescue them before the chickens discovered how good they are to eat!