I have an area penned off for the chickens so they can roam around outside without getting into my garden or vulnerable to preditors. With only 11 hens and one rooster, the area was quickly becoming choked out with thistle. It had gotten 5 feet high! The chickens, of course loved it and found it to be the perfect place to hide their eggs, which I didn’t know about (I guess that is their point). By the time I found the eggs, they were headed for the garbage… ewww! We got to work clearing the thistle and other weeds that had taken the yard over. It took a few hours spread over 2 days to finish. We found a few more rotten eggs (time bombs) in the process. We have a few big piles of weeds to burn or dispose of somehow. The chickens are very happy now because I had confined them indoors until the problem was solved. And I’m happy because no more wasted eggs. Once the younger hens get big enough, in about a month, I’ll mix them with the other hens. Hopefully having 36 chickens outside will help keep the weeds down.