My little herd of 5 chickens will have their first spring and summer soon and, while not a daily thing, I started letting them out of the run this winter. This snow-less VT winter was quite novel and the chickens even spent New Years Day in the garden. But now that the growing season is coming I think my open and unprotected gardens will be devoured before they can get going. So I could : 1. Enlarge the run to more of a "paddock". 2.Get used to having chickens and no garden 3. Protect the garden somehow. Any suggestions? Do chickens eat everything?