Do chickens destroy gardens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CottageChicken22, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. CottageChicken22

    CottageChicken22 Songster

    Sep 17, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    Do chickens destroy gardens? I really need to know. Thanks.[​IMG]
  2. bkbuz1987

    bkbuz1987 In the Brooder

    Aug 29, 2008
    Mine did, they dug up the flowers they didn't eat! So they stay in the run now, little buggers [​IMG]
  3. new2chix

    new2chix Songster

    Aug 23, 2008
    New Palestine Indiana
    I have a hen who flies in and out of the pen to get to the tomatoes - she only eats the ones that are ripe!
  4. Yes! They dig holes in the flower garden and pull up my drip irrigation lines. In the veggie garden they pull up seedlings and they are voracious tomato-a-holics. Though they seem to peck a hole in each one before moving on. BUGGERS!
  5. Mine go after the ripe tomatoes and the Beagle goes after the green ones. Needless to say, my tomato plants are toast.

    My chickens like to get into the garden and do their thing. I made a chicken wire "tent" to cover my strawberry plants.

    For my tomatoes, I bought those extra sturdy tomato cages and wrapped chicken wire around the bottom half.

    Honestly, I think my Beagle did more damage than the girls.


    May 28, 2008
    yes, yes, yes. Mine loves the leaves on all of my garden plants.
  7. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan

    Chickens will lazily stroll through the tomato plants, taking a selective peck out of any of them that catch their eye. Then, they move on to another tomato. You end up with a garden fill of ripe tomatoes, each with maybe one or two peck marks in them that just invite the flies and other vermin to gather.

  8. Curlita

    Curlita Songster

    May 22, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    Only if they can get into them.


    Mine is now fenced with chicken wire.
  9. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

    May 8, 2008
    Sharpsburg, MD.
    I grew up on a farm and I can vividly recall my mother blazin red chasin chickens after they destroyed her petunias:) We always had barred rocks (biggest garden destroyers ever)

    Now that I have my own chickens, we have bantams and I must say what a difference size makes!!! The littler the feet, the littler the damage. They still scratch around but won't destroy like their larger counterparts.

    Get some Seramas or Rose Combs, something small and beautiful that looks like they were meant for your flowers themselves. As for vegetables, they like to peck a little hole in just about every fruit they can reach but with those tiny little beaks, most of the damage is minimal and the veggies kinda heal over. hope this helps.

    A picket fence is the way the old-fashioned took care of chickens in the garden. Seams they don't like the pointy pickets. Mine never go over it and it's about 3 ft. tall.
  10. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    Yep but it's occasionally useful. I let mine clear my perennial patches for me. Short legged japanese bantams are often suggested for gardens because they are very small and having extra short legs can't do as much damage.

    Here's my little japs doing some gardening:

    I even notice a difference between my japs as chicks and the standard EEs which are younger but the same size. The EEs have been tearing up the pine shavings, throwing them everywhere, rolling in it, and just making a mess. The japs just scratch a little when they find some spilled feed.
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2008

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