Blueberries vs. Strawberries

Blueberries vs. Strawberries

I have recently watched a video where a woman throws blueberries to her chickens and they go nuts running all over her verandah to get the blueberries, which were described as chickens’ favourite fruit. Two thoughts came to mind while I was watching:

1. The chickens either hadn’t been on the verandah for very long, or this woman has discovered the secret of toilet-training chickens, in which case she is a goddess and I worship her.

2. Would my chickens prefer blueberries to strawberries? They luuuurve their strawberries. Whenever they do a chicken run and escape into the greater garden, they either make straight for the strawberry plants, or they hide out under the rose bushes growing over the septic tank. Another example of chicken intelligence: not only do they realise that we are unable to follow them in there (for fear of being shredded by thorns), but they can enjoy a feast of grubs while watching our pathetic efforts to coax them out. However, it only takes a shiny red strawberry waggled enticingly in front of them to lure them from this hiding place. (It is wise to have several on hand as they are both adept at the quick lunge and grab!)

Having obtained some blueberry bushes from our friends at Nellie Kelly, next season I will find out which of the two fruits they prefer. This is another burning question to be answered along with “which came first, the chicken or the egg”.

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