No, no, not me – the chickens! I’m not that
awesome adventurous – yet. Sure, I’ve eaten my share of escargot in restaurants (and have even made them at home on occasion – Trader Joe’s even carries them!). Slathered with butter and garlic, perhaps even encased in a flaky layer of puff pastry – what’s not to like? But still, for some reason the idea of eating snails I’ve found in the garden seems a little weird to me.
Plus, I (luckily) don’t really get many snails in my garden. In fact, just the other day I was lamenting my lack of snails to my brother and his girlfriend. Weird, I know – snails are the bane of many gardeners’ existence – but I’d really love a free and abundant source of protein treats to feed my chickens. Maybe it’s the fact that I don’t water a whole lot, thus not creating much of a habitat for slugs and snails…or maybe it’s the fact that I’m lazy, and leave a lot of weedy corners of my yard untouched, and simply don’t see the snails that actually are quite plentiful. I’m beginning to think that might be the case, as I was weeding out one of those areas this evening (it was beginning to become a fire hazard ) and found not one, but several (at least a dozen) snails creeping along in one small, moist corner. “Ooh, snails!” I exclaimed excitedly, and quickly started picking and chucking them into a bucket to give to the chickens.
Of course, the chickens seemed as wary of eating homegrown snails as I was, and largely ignored the delicious pile of molluscs I’d dumped in their run, preferring instead to peck at small bits of plant matter on my clothing.
I assume, though, that they eventually figured it out, as the snails were gone when I returned to check on them about half an hour later (and they’re not exactly known for their ability to pull off a speedy escape), and the ground where I’d placed them appeared to be quite scratched up. I hope the chickens enjoyed their gourmet dinner!
And as far as me eating my own garden snails goes – well, let’s just say you’ll probably be reading about that here eventually. 😉