If they were on the tee vee show The Apprentice, they'd be fired!! They have had full access to the end of summer vege patch for 3 weeks; I also recently cut their feed back from twice a day to evenings only and the vege patch is cooler and closer than the paddock. So far they are quite useless at cleaning up the vege patch which means I will have to exert effort clean/weed it for my winter crop. I am resorting to scattering a few sunflower seeds in the morning and now dumping their evening feed onto the beds; at any point in time 6-10 chookens like to hang out in the patch All I get from the loafers is an intensive preening show when they see me walk by, I'd rather see fluffy bums with beaks in the ground or feet busy scratching at the soil doing the tremendous damage folks speak of with such frustration. A few making sure I am looking as they start to preen. A preener, 2 loafers and my 2 Thunder Thighs waiting for a snack. Can't even lay an egg or scratch up a garden - Loafers R Lunch To be fair the previous nights storm did bring out a few frogs for french cuisine....I just watched a pullet run off with one in her mouth. How charming, another first for me to observe, flailing frogs' legs hanging out my sweet pullets' beak. I'd like to fully weed and compost-mulch in a week for planting seedlings early April. I guess they can hang out on the compost mulch until I plant?? So, how does one get them to tear up a garden? My free loading loafers should be helping me 14 are DP/layers and decent foragers except the 3 larger loafers in the last photo.