Food Waste In America – Spotted Bananas and Tail Feathers

food waste

Being able to get free scraps for our backyard chickens {and Girly Girls} during the winter months when our garden isn’t producing as much as we’d like has come in handy over the past year and a half.

After all, if I were a chicken, I’d sure get bored of eating the same old boring chicken feed day in and day out, wouldn’t you?
spotted bananas

Spotted bananas. They’re back. And it’s a good thing too because I’ve been craving strawberry banana smoothies lately and we all know the sweetest bananas are the ones that are a wee bit brown.

chicken scraps

This week Mr. Produce Guy set aside 2 boxes of leafy greens for our birds.

mottled java chicken pullet

Java, our mottled java chicken spent a good hour an a half munching down as much as she could before taking a rest.chicken tail feathers rooster

Do you remember me telling you about my suspicions about one of our Blue Laced Red Wyandottes? Well, she, is a he. Yup. So now we have 2 roos we need to find good homes for.

The boys haven’t made any noises yet {thank goodness} but since they are about 16 weeks old I suspect they’ll start attempting to crow any day now. Luckily the HH knows a family that might take the roos off our hands. I’ll keep you posted. But mark my words, I will never buy day old chicks from Wilco ever again.  We purchased our last two sets of chicks from them and BOTH TIMES we ended up with roos!

Remember Pablo? It was soooo sad to see him go. And I don’t want to have to go through that again.

free produce

Here’s what we kept from the free produce boxes this week:

  • 2 heads of lettuce
  • 5 pounds of bananas
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 6 apples

Not to shabby for free. :)


Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past year?

Head on over HERE to read all the past stories and to see all the pictures.

If you have just stumbled upon this series and are wondering how I got all this food for free, you’ll want to read this story first.

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  1. Karin says

    Sorry you ended up with 2 roosters! I wouldn’t blame the store though. Chicken hatcheries generally only guarantee 90% accuracy with sexing chickens. So unless you buy a sex linked variety, you will probably still end up with 10% roosters regardless of where you buy.

  2. Cliff Hawley says

    I know a good home for those roo. I’m sure they would fit quite nicely in the oven on a nice bed of winter veg.

  3. Lorin says

    I have gotten chicks from Wilco for several years and haven’t had any Roos. I wouldn’t blame them. Like said above it is just a game of odds. Anywhere you get them will be similar. I vote for the soup pot:)

  4. says

    Hi Mavis!

    I am curious to know if you are still getting produce scraps from Mr. Produce Guy this year and if you have any tips? I’ve been too chicken to ask for it in the big chain grocery stores here in Dallas, and was thinking of approaching smaller, mom and pop grocery stores if I can find any, or even farmers markets. I need to brave up too!

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