Free Range girls in my garden & landscape

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chickngal98, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. chickngal98

    chickngal98 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 16, 2012
    My girls are free range and love, love, love the wide open areas. Unfortunately, the girls love my landscaping and rocks too. I am constantly sweeping rocks back into the landscaping. Is there such a thing as a "deterrent" (besides, penning the ladies back up) that anyone has used? I don't want to harm the girls, just want to turn their curiousity to something else. Thanks for the advice! [​IMG]
  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    Just three choices, confine them to the coop/run, fences, give up on low maintenance landscaping.
  3. bj taylor

    bj taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2011
    North Central Texas
    i think you're only choices are to fence your chickens or fence your landscape. i have ornamental fencing around the areas i need to keep them out of. i admit my place is fenced and cross fenced. if you find a better solution - post it. i need it.
  4. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2008
    As others have said, you either have to fence the chickens into a run or pasture, or out of your garden. There are no other options. Chickens are destructive beasties, and will rip up a landscape so fast your head will spin.

    Ours are confined to a 75' x 125' pasture, otherwise they decimate my garden, then head for the neighbor's. Eek!
  5. cary 1973

    cary 1973 Chillin' With My Peeps

    what works for me in my garden is I have a roll of chicken wire and for each plant i make a chicken wire fence, also on the bell pepers i have large wood bark around them so the girls cant scrach the ground for the most part the girls have lost intrest in these garden beds, Now I have a small garden and 4 chickens but this works for me hope it helps

    My bell peper plants with chicken wire around it the top is open so they can grow, last year once full grown teh chickens really did not mess with plants to much other then the big green catapillers on the lives they would eat them and a few leaves were pecked here and there but cant say if it was the chickens or the big green bugs

    this is my squash plants and what i did is made a wagon covering with chicken wire and once they get big enough i will undu this as last year the girls never messed with the squash plants when they were full grown. finger cross same happens this year :)
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2013
  6. chickngal98

    chickngal98 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 16, 2012
    Thanks for the ideas!

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