chickens and vegetable gardens??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by vtsarahb, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. vtsarahb

    vtsarahb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am planning on free-ranging my chickens when they're old enough.... will they bother with pumpkin plants? what about corn seedlings? We are trying to estimate how much fencing we'll need for our garden. Thanks!
     
  2. bethandjoeync

    bethandjoeync Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i would imagine they would. I would but a fence around your tender plants or the whole garden if you want to spare them.
     
  3. purecountrychicken

    purecountrychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah,,chickens and gardens dont mix well.
     
  4. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    To a chicken, the whole world is its salad bowl, and underneath is its dust-bathtub. They love to peck at green growing things, especially new tender seedlings. And they love to scratch and dig in dirt with their big dinosaur feet, then lay themselves down and dust-bathe in it.

    Fence the garden or the chickens.
     
  5. AboutSixPounds

    AboutSixPounds Out Of The Brooder

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    Yep, if you plant it, they will come (and destroy!). Fence it in. I've learned one solid truth in less than a year of keeping chickens: There's no such thing as chicken-proofing a garden. Chicken-resistant, sure, but not chicken-proof. They're tricky!
     
  6. vtsarahb

    vtsarahb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone! I guess we'll have to go get some more fencing!
     
  7. n2h20

    n2h20 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i had about 20 corn seedlings that were about 2"s tall,, they are gone now,,, chickens hopped the fence and either scratched or pecked the corn seedlings,,, boo
     
  8. montcapu

    montcapu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:sad for you... I am just still waiting to be able to plant anything here
     
  9. zatsdeb

    zatsdeb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    when you are looking at that nice tomato ripening on that vine, so pretty, and tasty looking, and then you see that your chicken has poked a big hole in not one, but many of your yummy red ripe tomato's!!!!
     
  10. montcapu

    montcapu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I actually inquired my delawares from a lady who could not keep them out of her garden, she ssaid they ate everything and she could not stand it, I have fencing around mine so had no problem last year
     

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