|Nina, the brave spider hunter/gatherer and my coworker on a tough job|
The Giant Sequoia growing in the hen yard has gradually extended its reach, covering a portion of the Arbor Vitae hedge that marks the back line of our city lot. Apparently the hedge prefers sun because the Sequoia-shaded side of the hedge died. When the brown foliage and branches were removed, they were dumped conveniently into a pile at the base of the hedge trunks. And so the mess was created. A truism: the easy way is the hard way. With rats always being in season where there are chickens, and with Hobo spiders starting their mating march, now would be the best time to correct the "easy" and careless haven for pests we had created several years before. So it is that the sweatiest of Things I get to do today is drag the yard debris bin to the back of our property and fill it up.
Armed with gloves, lopers and a watchful eye for little things that scurry about and bite, I started to work. Moments later, Nina Simone Hen hustled over, bravely scratching about and eating everything crawling about that had lived under the debris. My hero: this courageous, hungry warrior hen!