let your hens into the veggie garden. It was my fault, I left the gate open behind me. Well, one snuck in so I figured she looked so cute and happy, why not let them all in for at least a few minutes! Well, within maybe 1 minutes time, they had gotten my very first ripe tomato, and completely trampled my parsley. My husband and I worked so hard on our first garden in our new home, rototilling the soil by hand, and building a chicken proof fence. I didn't believe they could do so much damage within such a short time. Silly me. But, I did get a few bites of the tomato for myself before they finished off the rest.