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Chicken + Garden = No tomatoes

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by AndersonFolk, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. AndersonFolk

    AndersonFolk In the Brooder

    Around April I finally gave and let my wife get some chicks... a few I said, now there are 12 (was 15, RIP to 2 from cross beak and one to a hawk) Anyway, my wife goes to tell me, "oh honey, they'll be great for the garden, they will keep bugs out".

    For those of you whom have a garden, do your chicks egg your tomatoes??! LOL, our girls wear those poor red tomatoes out!!!! Also, is it bad for them to eat watermelon? Recently I cut a watermelon open and oh my lord, they went on a feeding frenzy!!! It is so fun to watch them it and them shack their heads back in forth from getting juice all over their head.

  2. cravenchx

    cravenchx Songster

    Aug 7, 2011
    Piedmont of NC
    Mine don't free range, however,
    I will throw tomatoes to them and
    watermelon. They love them both!
  3. Mattemma

    Mattemma Crowing

    Aug 12, 2009
    I have not let them by the tomatoes,but I love watching them hop to get the grapes!
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    As long as the watermelon is from your garden, it is perfectly fine. The rind especially is the most concentrated area, filled with loads of important minerals, vitamins, and nutrients. [​IMG]

    As for tomatoes - I grow mine in a greenhouse and wouldn't trust any Nightshade around my chickens. I free range my girls, but technically, they're penned up in a 3 acre pasture [​IMG] Away from most of the gardens. They get their share though!
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I fence my gardens in from the chickens or we would have nothing to eat from the garden. I tell the chickens it is for their own good, or else we'd have to eat them.
  6. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    If I'm carrying a tomato in my hand, my chickens will take my hand off. They absolutely love tomatoes and watermelon.
  7. babychickens

    babychickens In the Brooder

    Jun 29, 2011
    I think they love the tomatoes and watermelon both. They are lovely.

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