Coops inside vegetable gardens

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by fortkevin10, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. fortkevin10

    fortkevin10 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 27, 2013
    Hi. I have a good size vegetable garden and I would like to keep the chickens fenced in their with a coop. Is that a good idea to do? Are there anything I should avoid planting?
  2. Highcotton

    Highcotton Southern Chickens

    Mar 18, 2013

    I can't think of a thing they won't eat. The main problem I see is that the chickens will eat everything in the garden before you get anything. Mine have foraged in the garden and they will eat bugs but they will also eat anything green. Mine ate all of the Kale, Radish tops, Rutabaga tops, Spinach and quite a bit of Mustard and Turnip Greens. They will also eat weeds like Dandelions and Henbit. But they prefer your vegetables.
  3. rottnwarrior

    rottnwarrior Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2013
    Conklin ny
    It seems like a great idea at first. A wonderful way to keep the slugs and other critters at bay. Until you start noticing that they have killed half your plants and pecked up pretty much all the veggies. I wouldn't allow them to have full time access to the garden.
  4. Pilze

    Pilze Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 28, 2013
    We had a bunch of escape artists that pecked up my tomatoes and kale. And they scratched up my cardboard and newspaper sheet mulch.
  5. marktoo

    marktoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Chickens need to be contained in some fashion to be able to use them to their full potential in the garden, otherwise they're gonna eat your whole garden & you get nuthin. The chicken moat above is a good idea, otherwise use them to assist in cleanup only.
  6. needmygiants

    needmygiants New Egg

    Jan 1, 2014
    Wv/Md area
    Has anybody build the chicken moat? Any pictures? I love the idea!!
  7. marktoo

    marktoo Chillin' With My Peeps

  8. Campngolf

    Campngolf Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 26, 2010
    Nor Cal
    Like others have said, your garden will feed the chickens nicely and you'll be lucky to get any leftovers. I'm in the process of building some chicken tunnels around the raised beds in my garden so my 4 girls can stretch their legs and scratch around.

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