Is a fenced off garden cruel?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by seismic wonder2, Jul 10, 2008.

  1. seismic wonder2

    seismic wonder2 I got mad ninja skills

    Feb 3, 2007
    san diego ca
    I was thinking of making a little raised veggie garden and fencing it off from the hens.

    Then I got to thinking about how much my girls like tearing up the place and then I pictured them standing in dry dust, all scratched out, no bugs, no plants, no grass, looking hungry through the chicken wire at the lush fruits and vegetables greens and corn with lady bugs, inch worms, grubs, and caterpillars.

    Tears my hear out. [​IMG]

    I guess I'm just an old softie.
     
  2. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    6,966
    20
    283
    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    Perhaps you should make them their own garden (which will be gone very quickly) and then make one for yourself and FENCE IT IN. [​IMG]
     
  3. cherrychicken

    cherrychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    769
    0
    139
    Jul 7, 2008
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
    you silly goose! dont be worrying about your little devils being hungry! think of yourself!
     
  4. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    Unless you don't want a vegetable garden, I would fence it off. They will dig it right up and eat your vegetables, too. I had no tomatoes last year because of my bratty chickens.

    Let them in the fall to till up the soil and spread fertilizer. [​IMG]
     
  5. theOEGBman

    theOEGBman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    Central California
    Quote:Amen! I like food just as much as my birds! [​IMG]
     
  6. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    11,973
    12
    313
    Oct 13, 2007
    California
    [​IMG] Mine is fenced off......

    Once I've picked all the veggies I can - I'll let them clean up!
     
  7. warren

    warren Chillin' With My Peeps

    320
    0
    139
    Sep 29, 2007
    UK
    Quote:You will have plenty of spare veg for the hens. Leaves chewed by caterpillars, leaves with greenfly on etc. Anything you grow and don't need before it goes over ripe.
     
  8. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

    32,318
    1,018
    511
    Jan 11, 2007
    Washington State
    Well, if you look at it from the hens' point of view, you are insanely cruel and they should have you hauled before the Chicken Courts on charges of high treason and for violating the Chicken Bill of Rights.


    Keep them out. that way you can enjoy your veggies in peace.
     
  9. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    24,442
    49
    371
    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Do you own the hens or do they own you?
     
  10. seismic wonder2

    seismic wonder2 I got mad ninja skills

    Feb 3, 2007
    san diego ca
    I could just see them, barely standing, too weak to cluck, just feather and bones, leaning their little tear stained beaks over the fence straining and reaching for just a little bite of greens..... [​IMG]

    LOL

    But then I can see in the background the bag of feed I drove 200 miles round trip to buy, all the watermelon rinds, pecked clean, and the scattered carcus of mealworms.

    [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by