Library has the dirt on chickens
An upcoming event at the Estacada Public Library will focus on the relationship between chickens and gardens.
From 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, March 16, Master Gardener Cindy Manselle will discuss basic chicken care and ways in which gardens can benefit from chickens.
"They'll clean the garden (of) weeds and debris," she said. "If something is too big, chickens love to eat it."
Manselle added that chickens will eat "pretty much anything green," though it's important to be cautious if you use any chemical-based substances in your garden.
"They're a living creature that depends on us to take care of them," she said. "I think chickens are becoming more popular, but there's still a lot of misinformation about chickens out there."
Along with caring for chickens and in turn having them care for your garden, Manselle noted that there are many fun aspects of having the birds.
"We'll sit in the garden and just watch them run around," she said. "They're pretty funny creatures."
The "Chickens Love Gardens" event is part of the library's annual Adult Winter Reading program, which ends later this month