I used to have a beautiful backyard full of flowers, vegetables and green foliage but once we added 6 chickens to the backyard we noticed that they were eating anything and everything. Well we fenced in the garden and the backyard is pretty bare due to the cold months and the chickens eating the backyard so they are getting pretty desperate. I went outside this morning a found my blackberry bush half eaten. They were eating the leaves with the thorns! So i need some suggestions for a winter chicken garden that wont mind part-shade/shade (we dont have too much extra space). Oh and how do i prevent them from overeating the plants? should i plant a lot of plants and just wait till they are full grown and allow them full access or should i do something else? I just dont want to end up spending a lot of time on a garden that is going to be eaten in a day but i do want them to have free access to greens (i guess the grass and treats are not enough?) Oh and my chickens wont eat lettuce from the store but they ate it when it was in the ground. what is up with that?