Chickens and the garden

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jennic, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. jennic

    jennic Out Of The Brooder

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    Is there any possible way to keep the chickens out of the garden? I live in an area where there are alot of amish, and they have big gardens and free range chickens, any ideas? Thanks
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Fencing is the only way I know.

    Good luck!
     
  3. CityChook

    CityChook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are the Amish folks out in the gardens all day? That's probably how they keep the chickens out... My girls are sneaky and *fast* and run straight for my tomatoes as soon as my back is turned....
     
  4. amysue2012

    amysue2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ive never really had a problem with them in the garden, they have 5 acres to free range, and I have a pretty big garden. I actually like them in there for the bug controll, never had a problem with them eating the veggies.
     
  5. amcstay

    amcstay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had to fence my garden, they ate all my seedlings one time adn all my pak choi the next time, so I had no choice [​IMG]
     
  6. RevaVirginia

    RevaVirginia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:LOL
     
  7. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

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    I have a butterfly garden that my chickens ate to nubs last year and a lot of it isn't coming back. The hostas that are coming in are all chewed up (hmmm wonder who did that)

    I would recommend a fence - I'm getting one.
     
  8. xtremevermonter

    xtremevermonter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My garden fencing is 36" tall 1" chicken mesh stapled to 5' sharpened cedar posts (with the bark removed of course). I'm hoping this will keep the fellers out--for the most part....[​IMG]
     
  9. IB chicken

    IB chicken Out Of The Brooder

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    My girls cleaned out my garden last year. I now garden along the sides of my front lawn. [​IMG]
     
  10. Vallen513

    Vallen513 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a vegetable garden, no chickens yet. I don't plan on letting them free range. I do however want to let them out while I keep an eye on them. Are they easy to herd away from your garden to another part of your yard? Let them eat some bugs in the lawn, and then herd them back to their coop?
     

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