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Old 04-29-2016, 02:28 AM   #21 (permalink)
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There is this one chicken that lives across the street from my patch. It digs up all around my bananas, but not elsewhere. Move inches of mulch, damages roots and they dry out once the mulch is gone. I decided the pleasure the chicken seems to get out of it is more important than the minimal damage it might be doing. Just glad it's only 1 of her several chickens that does this.
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It must be finding food there. Once the others notice this, you will have more. Chickens aren't very bright though, so it may be a while before the others notice.
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What it seems I actually have: Brazilian, Cavendish, Namwah, Dwarf Red, Gros Michel, Pisang Ceylon, Veinte Cohol and SH 3640, and American Goldfinger. FHIA 1, Paggi and FHIA 17... Always room for one more.
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There is this one chicken that lives across the street from my patch. It digs up all around my bananas, but not elsewhere. Move inches of mulch, damages roots and they dry out once the mulch is gone. I decided the pleasure the chicken seems to get out of it is more important than the minimal damage it might be doing. Just glad it's only 1 of her several chickens that does this.
Why did the chicken cross the road? To mess with Rob's bananas.

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There is this one chicken that lives across the street from my patch. It digs up all around my bananas, but not elsewhere. Move inches of mulch, damages roots and they dry out once the mulch is gone. I decided the pleasure the chicken seems to get out of it is more important than the minimal damage it might be doing. Just glad it's only 1 of her several chickens that does this.
Chickens do like to dust bathe in loose/sandy soil. Put some large rocks around the base of the plants to keep them from scratching around.

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There is this one chicken that lives across the street from my patch. It digs up all around my bananas, but not elsewhere. Move inches of mulch, damages roots and they dry out once the mulch is gone. I decided the pleasure the chicken seems to get out of it is more important than the minimal damage it might be doing. Just glad it's only 1 of her several chickens that does this.
Chicken is delicious my friend. The time you grab it and take it to your kitchen is more than enough time to kill it and clean it while walking...
I did it a lot while living in Mauritius and I don't regret it.
I say: if it's on your land, it's yours to eat! Too bad my neighbours only have cats!!!
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LMAO!! That's a good one!
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Chicken is delicious my friend. The time you grab it and take it to your kitchen is more than enough time to kill it and clean it while walking...
I did it a lot while living in Mauritius and I don't regret it.
I say: if it's on your land, it's yours to eat! Too bad my neighbours only have cats!!!
You don't really eat egg laying hens. Egg layers do not taste the same as a meat chicken. My family has always had chickens. We have attempted to eat them in the past and it never turns out well. Especially free range and older hens. I think a wild pig would do much more damaged and be a lot tastier. However, I do not know if Hawaii has a wild hog problem with we do here down in FL.
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You don't really eat egg laying hens. Egg layers do not taste the same as a meat chicken. My family has always had chickens. We have attempted to eat them in the past and it never turns out well. Especially free range and older hens. I think a wild pig would do much more damaged and be a lot tastier. However, I do not know if Hawaii has a wild hog problem with we do here down in FL.
They actually make good broth or soup. I like it. Wild pig would be nice too!
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I don't know about all of Hawaii, but the Big Island has wild pigs. They have hunts for them up on the volcano...
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They actually make good broth or soup. I like it. Wild pig would be nice too!
Yeah, that's true. But I like some chicken wings and stuffed check Brest. Tried to bake one once. Its not bad, just not the best. I would only eat a egg layer if I was in a bad spot. Like on Survivor or something.
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You can always fry\sautee it in the pan, bone and skin in and it will be good too.
Trust me, I've eaten plenty this way. But still prefer boiling it.
Just learned that I'm allowed to keep guinea fowls here. That's good news for me!
And by good I mean delicious!!!
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Old 04-29-2016, 09:24 PM   #32 (permalink)
 
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You can always fry\sautee it in the pan, bone and skin in and it will be good too.
Trust me, I've eaten plenty this way. But still prefer boiling it.
Just learned that I'm allowed to keep guinea fowls here. That's good news for me!
And by good I mean delicious!!!
LoL, I thought you could have them anywhere. I also they are better than chickens for insect control. I also head they are a very loud, like a peacock.
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Yeah but my ex was too! Lol! My daughter wants Peacocks too... But those are not for dinner! Guinea fowls taste way better than chicken. They're cleaner too.
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Chickens will aerate the soil around banana plants and usually do not do any damage to the plants or roots. I have lots of compost and mulch around my banana mats. The chickens love the bugs and red wigglers in there.
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