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I’ve never been a big animal person because I’m really jumpy and animals are really unpredictable. I generally try to put that aside, but there are three animals I just really don’t like to be around: cats, snakes, and grasshoppers. All of which are prevalent in Texas.
Last year the grasshoppers were a huge part of the utter failure of nearly every single thing we planted. The greens and the roots and the melons and the zucchini and the tomatoes and the peppers all went bye-bye shortly after they were planted.
This pretty much was the icing on the I-hate-grasshoppers cake.
We knew it was possible to overcome this because, well, we had to. And because there were others in our area who really weren’t struggling with it the way we were.
And then we heard someone say “A grasshopper problem is a lack of poultry and groundcover problem.”
Bingo. We couldn’t change the groundcover situation overnight, but we did need more egg-layers and so more chickens was a natural solution.
So, we purchased some more laying hens and about 30 chicks. And ya know what? When you walk outside of our fence and down the road they jump and fly and swirl around you like the evil little buggers that they are. But when you walk through the free-ranged fenced in area there are very, very few grasshoppers.
And the greens and the roots and the melons and the zucchini and the tomatoes are all still alive, or at least were not eaten by grasshoppers.
Now we just need to figure out how we’re going to feed all of these chickens now that their main buggy protein source has been all but eaten up.
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