Julia knows her stuff…when she is out in the yard, she’s looking for one thing…worms! Chickens do eat lots of foliage (my poor lettuce!) and a wide variety of insects, but the real deal gourmet meal for a chicken is a big fat worm. When I am out digging weeds, all four of my girls will follow me, stare at my hands as I dig, and make adorable noises, all for the chance to get their little beaks on a juicy, sweet worm. Yesterday I was out in the garden watering, and I noticed Julia and the other girls were hanging out inside the compost bin. They were doing what they do best: scratching, pecking, and, well, pooping! All these activities will certainly improve the quality of my compost, right? Then Julia stuck her head up just as she was swallowing a long, wiggly worm! My first thought was that she was “stealing” the worms from the compost that I would eventually put in my veggie garden. I NEED those worms! Then it occurred to me: hmmmm… when the chickens are in the compost bin they are NOT digging up my flowers, new trees, and tender veggies. So I lose a few worms…the compost bin will make more!