We are getting chickens this year! So we have a lot of work to do before they get here. We are getting chickens for eggs initially. However, everything we add to our property needs to maximize its potential and be as self sustainable as possible. So chickens like to clear weeds, eat seeds, and eat bugs. Solution: Build a chicken moat around the garden and let them work for me. Less weeding the perimeter of the garden, less bugs in the garden, less weed seeds that get into my gorgeously composted top soil. All this with the added benefit of eggs and potentially chicken dinners! So how we are planning to accomplish this will be detailed below.
I would love input and ideas on how to better accomplish this too! Also pictures of your moats and runs would be awesome!
Below I am going to attempt to give you enough details to see not only where we are in the project but hopefully help someone do something similar if they are on a budget like us.
We have a 42' by 50' raised bed garden. With 3' pea gravel walkways between each 4' by 10' bed. There are 15 beds in order for us to have a really good 5 year crop rotation. There is also a 36' perennial bed at the top of the garden which butts up to a pole barn. It took us one year of planning, followed by one year of buying materials a little each month to make the garden a reality. It is not yet finished and we are in year three. This year we add the fence (chicken moat) and kiwi and gourds with trellis'. So the garden has been a piece by piece three year project.
Above is a picture of a small portion of the garden. That fence is temporary. It will become the chicken moat!
So this is what we started with. I am planning to post updates as we work on the rest through this spring, summer, and fall. Next I'll post our temporary coop and the first piece of the moat.