Managing my flock/managing my gardening

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by aarondeeza, Apr 10, 2016.

  1. aarondeeza

    aarondeeza New Egg

    Sep 20, 2015
    Sydney, Australia
    I live in Australia and have a growing passion for gardening with natives and also raise chickens. Does anyone have experience with gardening, especially with plants and shrubs that attract birds being in close vicinity of the run?

    Would love to plant more things in the back yard but wouldn't want to impact my chickens health.
  2. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    Wild birds can come in and be carriers of disease and parasites. They also eat your chicken food. However, my own birds do not seem to be bothered by these facts.
  3. aarondeeza

    aarondeeza New Egg

    Sep 20, 2015
    Sydney, Australia
    Thanks for your experiences Mrs K. Do you have birds coming often?
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    I often find wild birds inside my coop, probably attracted to the chicken feed in there. I even had a mockingbird try to build a nest up high in the coop. Wild birds regularly visit my outside feeder. Don’t worry about attracting birds with what you plant in your yard, they will be attracted anyway.

    Lots of things can happen. Wild birds can bring diseases into your flock. Your chickens can get parasites by eating certain creepy crawlies, the creepy crawlies act as hosts for part of the parasite’s live cycle. A piece of space junk can fall out of the sky and hit your house. I think that actually happened in Australia a few years back. You could have a fender bender the next time you go to the store.

    It’s a good question but when I put in in perspective to me, it’s not something I worry about. By exposing mine to their environment I believe I’m strengthening their immune system so they will be healthier. I don’t try to keep them in a sterile vacuum because I can’t anyway.
  5. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.


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