gardening in the chicken run -- raspberries?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by amiachicknorwat, May 8, 2017.

  1. amiachicknorwat

    amiachicknorwat Chirping

    Aug 3, 2015
    Hi, It's kinda the other way around. i originally put the mobile coop in the raspberry patch so to fertilize and keep constricting grasses down. Now canes are springing back with spring weather, I wanted the chickens out of there in case they'd eat up our raspberry sprouts. So far looks like they haven't in some areas, but closer to the coop the absence of sprouting raspberry canes makes me wonder? It's not like there's a ton of room in that whole run, so maybe something else is up. Either way, I'd really appreciate if anyone has knowledge of chickens eating sprouting raspberry leaves/plant? I'd think this is the stage when the thorns aren't so developed or hardened. Thanks, ChickeNick
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    I think if you want any raspberries left, you might want to get those chickens out of there. They like green stuff. Lots of green stuff.
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Avoid confining birds among canes until they are lignified. I would even make so they are held up vertically. That should protect most of fruit and leaves from grazing.

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