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How do I keep my chickens out of the mulch?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PeckNOrder, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. PeckNOrder

    PeckNOrder Hatching

    Oct 19, 2008
    My free range chickens have discovered the mulch around my shrubs. It is amazing how far chickens can sling that stuff!! I am constantly raking it back in place. Is there something I can put on the mulch to keep the chickens away?
  2. 12 Acres

    12 Acres Songster

    Mar 23, 2008
    Oak Harbor, OH
    1 person likes this.
  3. hehe. My nightly routine consists of sweeping all of the black bark mulch back into the planter beds. I think I like Amy's "new best friend" idea. Thanks for that!
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I just love how much I learn here.

    Thanks Amy... I may let my birds out into the yard a little more now.
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm 10 Years

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I had to fence in an area for the chickens as they would get into the beds and tear up everything. They would get in my mulch pile and spread it all over and I was out raking it all back in a pile daily. It was either fence in the beds or the chickens. My garden is 12 beds, 6 ft x 21 ft. and some are 8 ft x 21 ft. Also I have one that is 50 ft x 300 ft., I grow alot of stuff. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  6. kmom246

    kmom246 In the Brooder

    Jul 20, 2008
    Ha! I'm going to try this over the compost pile! I let the chickies out in the garden from time to time and in about 5 seconds, they have the whole compost pile turned over - which is good - but turned over all over - is not so good when the people have to rake it back into a pile. Such brilliant simplicity!
  7. 12 Acres

    12 Acres Songster

    Mar 23, 2008
    Oak Harbor, OH
    You're all very welcome. I hope it works good for you. My birds don't even try to scratch in the areas protected with the bird netting. And I feel like I've conquered the universe! [​IMG]
  8. ChickaD

    ChickaD Songster

    Aug 6, 2008
    central Vermont
    Amy, thanks for such a cool and clever idea that doesn't break the bank (hmmm, what bank?)! [​IMG]

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