At first they all rushed over to the same patch of grass and started nibbling, hesitant to venture too far. Then, they got brave and started venturing out.
I covered the two boxes I have already planted in and watched and waited to see if they would discover the unplanted boxes, which need to be weeded and tilled.
Neal attempted to show them proper chicken etiquette regarding scratching the soil, but they ignored him and promptly took off in the other direction.
And then, one by one they hopped in the two empty boxes and began nibbling and scratching. In and out, nibble and scratch, peck and poke. They looked like kids let loose in a candy store.
They soon discovered the jackpot of dandelion leaves and other weeds.
After watching them for a while, I dubbed Nutmeg the ultimate compost maker. She took her job of scratching and stirring up the soil very seriously. She chose one corner of one box and went to town.