Flock under house arrest

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Unclebean, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. Unclebean

    Unclebean Rest in Peace 1977-2013

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    DW has decided to confine the flock to the coop and run. Too many veggies were getting picked apart in the garden. Our garden is 50' x 200' and I don't want to fence it because of cost and we use the tractor to till it. Does anyone have any ideas? We have 11 acres for them to free range but they are taking the easy road and heading to the garden buffet. What can we do?
     
  2. CT_Todd

    CT_Todd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Seems to me you got 3 choices...
    1. Fence in your garden (along with a way to get the tractor in and to move around) and allow them to continue free ranging
    2. Continue to keep them confined and do nothing to the garden
    3 or compromise between the two and get a moveable run (tractor?) and move it to a different location each day..
     
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  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Eleven acres and they head to the garden...smart chickens, go figure lol. Without fencing off your garden I see no alternative but to keep them in lockdown or get a tractor chicken pen.
     
  5. cheri222

    cheri222 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    next year plant a chicken garden to divert them??
     
  6. VioletandBodie

    VioletandBodie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:thats a great ideal
     
  7. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Anti-Chicken fencing doesn't have to be permanent. Garden poles and plastic poultry netting should be sufficient to protect the garden. And really easy to pull aside for tractoring. Then take it down when the season is done and let the chickens have at it! Free fertilizer for later plantings... then put up the temp fencing again.
     
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  8. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:Will the chickens know which garden is for them, and which one is yours? [​IMG]
     
  9. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My garden isn't remotely as large as yours, but i think temporary fencing is a good idea. We just used some t-posts and chicken wire and made a very temporary, very easily torn down and re-used, fence that is just enough to keep the chickens out.

    500 feet of chicken wire might be a bit of an expense, but i think you'll be happy you did it. And don't forget you can re-use those materials indefinitely.
     
  10. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

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    Home Depot sells temporary erosion fencing. It's black plastic with wood stakes every few feet and is about 3' tall. It might be a workable solution. It was very inexpensive.
     

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