How to keep hens out of vegetable garden?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TeriS, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. TeriS

    TeriS In the Brooder

    Jan 28, 2010
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
    My hens free range and I just planted my garden a week ago, and they won't stay out of it. Has anyone found a good method for keeping them out? My husband doesn't want to fence the gardens and I don't want to keep them in their coop and run until the garden is mature enough to withstand their snacking. Suggestions??
  2. justmeandtheflock

    justmeandtheflock Overrun with ducklings :)

    May 27, 2009
    NW NJ
    Trust me, the garden will never be mature enough to withstand their snacking. You need to fence it in or keep the birds in. Last year the deer got to mine and destroyed it right before the tomatoes were ripe. As soon as the chickens saw what was left start to turn red they pecked holes in all of them. This year we have a fence.
  3. Leia's Chickens

    Leia's Chickens A Sunkissed Delight

    Jun 20, 2010
    No fence for the garden. Your garden is finished. jmho Wish I was wrong for you.
  4. Agnes the Wonder Chicken

    Agnes the Wonder Chicken In the Brooder

    Jun 2, 2011
    Mims, Florida
    The only thing that has worked for me is fencing unfortunately. It sure is ugly because I use the orange construction fence so it is easy to zip tie to stakes in the ground, not permanent. However, a vegetable garden is a lot of time, money and is truly a labor of love and I know I would hate it if it got torn up by the chickens. It is a 4 foot fence and they still get in every once in a while. I would love to know an alternate method as well.
  5. coldupnorth

    coldupnorth Songster

    May 11, 2011
    N. MN
    The garden will need a fence or the chickees will need to stay in. This is the surest way - even then they can be amazingly willful about getting those yummy garden treats.
  6. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

    Mar 22, 2010
    Saratoga County, NY
    I think you have to fence it. No choice. And it better be a GOOD fence! LOL, learn from my mistake - I put up a 'lazy' fence this year with just four fence stakes and some chicken wire.. Big chickens have not managed to get in, so all is well, right? Nope, PLENTY of room for my little chicks to get under it and they can dig up stuff almost as good as mama. [​IMG]
  7. Moxiechick

    Moxiechick Songster

    Jan 15, 2010
    We have our veggie garden fenced in with 2x4 welded wire fencing. It was pretty easy to put in. We got the green coated kind so it looks pretty good and will last longer as well. I've been letting the chickens free range in the evenings and I have to be vigilant about guarding my flower beds. Most of the time they scrounge around in the yard, but then they will suddenly do a sneak attack on a garden bed. The only thing that works to keep them out is me following them around going "whoa whoa whoa whoa!", "bup bup bup!", "scoot scoot!" and "hey!" [​IMG]
  8. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    Keep the chickens in a run during the time veggies are coming off (especially tomatoes, unless you like peck marks in them). Or put up netting or fencing around the garden.
  9. bywaterdog

    bywaterdog Songster

    Dec 29, 2008

    Fence the chickens in.

    Fence in the garden.

    The only way that I have found for chickens and veggies to coexist peacefully is to put them together in a pot and make gumbo...............[​IMG]
  10. TeriS

    TeriS In the Brooder

    Jan 28, 2010
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
    OK, Ok.....looks like fencing has to be done to save whatever is left of the garden.......Thanks so much!! I just can't keep the girls kept in through the summer in their coop!

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