"Heyyyy, braaaawkk.....uh, hey, ya'll, I don't think we're supposed to go near those vine thingies!! Braaaaaawwwk! I got in trouble for ransacking that one on the other end of the garden! Hey!! get out of there before she comes out h......!! Oh crap! here she comes! Braaaaawk! Henny!! Henny! get your head outta there!! you two are on your own!! I'm going to stay back here in the oats and mind my own business!! Braaaaaawkkk!! don't say I didn't warn you!
I let the gals out into the main garden today since things have grown fairly stout in size. I thought they might enjoy the much wider range and variety of bugs, and they seemed to. They were a little hesitant to go in there at first but soon overcame their fear, once they discovered the apparent lotto of bugs under mulch! They really didn't do much damage but I did have to put a little wire cage around my cantaloupes. They got a little over enthusiastic with the scratching around them due to the heaving mulching. They seemed to really like the outing and ran up and down the rows of corn and potatoes especially, pecking and talking. Bertha even forged her way through the giant zucchini forest. I hope she found the squash bugs! I haven't seen but a few of them this year though; thank goodness. After a while they took a break under the largest fig tree to rest and dig a small dust bath. I tried to dig them a few grubs but it has become so dry here I couldn't find any. They were disappointed at that.
We are hearing thunder in the distance and it rained a little a few minutes ago. Hopefully we will get a heavier downpour later. We really need it. I have been watering regularly but there is just nothing like actual rain.