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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kenbob, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. kenbob

    kenbob Hatching

    Jan 24, 2011
    is it a good idea to let your chickens in your vegetable garden, or will they do more damage than good?

  2. gmendoza

    gmendoza Songster

    Mar 23, 2010
    Rock Hill,SC
    our chickens an ducks ate our garden til the plants were nuttin but sticks in the ground. The tomatoes,carrots,lettuce,tobacco,all of them gone!!

    So no its not a good idea.
  3. clairabean

    clairabean Songster

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    Well, they wil eat everything, destroying all plants in the process. So if that is your intention, then go for it.:lol

    In fall I turn the chiken in to our garden to clean up the leftovers and dig around. They love it, no part of my garden survives.
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Damage is their forte. Chickens are great at fertilizing gardens for NEXT growing season, though. Like another has mentioned, let 'em in after the growing season to clean everything up, put their poo and used bedding over the top of it, then till it in at the beginning of the growing season.

    Then fence in the garden!
  5. goldeneggtees

    goldeneggtees Fluffy Butt Nut

    Mar 11, 2009
    Long Island, NY
    Quote:That and clip their wings!

    I let my hens into my garden one day very briefly and they wound up getting our first ripe tomato from our first ever garden (in our new house). [​IMG]
  6. KimM

    KimM In the Brooder

    Jan 9, 2011
    Mine were fine in the garden...until they realized that they could actually eat the stuff...and that it was good. If I want to let them free range at all this year I am going to have to fence the garden off. They make a beeline right for it. They ruined so many tomatoes last year when I wasn't looking. They enjoyed themselves though!
  7. kenbob

    kenbob Hatching

    Jan 24, 2011
    Thanks for the reply, I guess chicken gardeners look better on paper than in actuality!!!!!!![​IMG]

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