By The Red Head from Bozeman, MT
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I got in trouble with my sister when I visited her last summer. She had not had her chickens when I visited the year before, so I did not know to save the melon rinds, scraps, etc. She had me pulling them out of the garbage to give to her chickens. I wasn't too happy about it, but the hens were! She said it does save her on having to clean out her septic by not using her garbage disposal in the sink. Her 'disposal' lives in the chicken coop now.
Ah, a kindred spirit! We save all of our grain, fruit & vegetable scraps for our chickens and pet pig; they absolutely love them. It is such a joy to watch them enjoy their treats and to know that the food is not wasted. The only food items that we end up composting are citrus peels and coffee grounds. We grind up egg shells to mix with the chicken feed for added calcium so that our hens can produce strong shells. We cook a small pot of vegetable peels daily to add to our pig's feed. My husband and I tend to eat more fruits and vegetables knowing that our beloved chickens and pig will eagerly eat the parts we don't care for. You should see them feast on watermelon rind!
We had a neighbor back in Ontario who saved corn cobs and other vegetable scraps/peels for our animals and that was so thoughtful of her. Here in New Brunswick we have two neighbors who bring over garden "waste"--blemished vegetables and tiny potatoes left at the end of the growing season--for our pig. These neighbors are happy to find a good use for the vegetables and we are thrilled to get them.
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