How can I keep my free-range hens from eating garden seeds?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Goose and Fig, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

    Apr 19, 2009
    Fall Creek Falls TN
    [​IMG] They have plenty to eat- but the freshly tilled soil is too tempting I guess! I only have a few days left to get my veggie seeds in! They already make coleslaw out of my hosta garden. Any ideas? Thanks!

  2. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    fencing is the only thing that keeps them out of my garden
  3. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Songster

    Feb 22, 2008
    Kingman, AZ
    I second what CC said. Fencing is the only way.
  4. tryingtohaveitall

    tryingtohaveitall Songster

    Mar 17, 2009
    SW Ohio
    Dumb question, but do you have to use really strong wire to keep them out of the garden or could you just use netting (which we already have [​IMG])?

  5. basicliving

    basicliving Keepin' the sunny side up

    Mar 20, 2008
    Shenandoah Valley, VA
    Every living plant that I want to keep alive around here has fencing. We just use tall chicken wire and for some reason, the chickens don't fly over it to get into the gardens - flower or vegetable. We use those steel fence posts every few feet and secure the chicken wire to it. No netting - except on the strawberries and that's to keep wild birds out more than anything else.
  6. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    I have welded wire around my garden, but if you can secure the netting well enough to keep them from finding away in it should work.

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