Planting a garden in chicken land.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by interlaaken, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. interlaaken

    interlaaken Out Of The Brooder

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    I have chickens for the first time. I want to plant a vegetable garden in my backyard which is shared by my free ranging chickens. Gardeners - what are you doing to co-mingle chickens and gardening?
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    It doesn't work unless you fence them apart. The chickens will make short work of your garden.
     
  3. Barred Rockstar

    Barred Rockstar Out Of The Brooder

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    Definitely keep them out. They will scratch up your starts and eat whatever they deem edible. My chickens ate all my pak choi last spring before I put a fence up. I've had better luck with ducks in the garden, although I've heard others say they are just as bad.
     
  4. wing it

    wing it Chillin' With My Peeps

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    chickens will eat everything ! you will have nothing!
     
  5. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can't let them in the garden until all the plants are well established - late summer or fall
     
  6. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Idaho
    Even then expect losses to the hungry horde.
     
  7. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I would suggest a rock garden.

    Imp
     
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  8. KandJsmama

    KandJsmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    After losing my first garden which was decimated down to the roots, we built this with some 9 or 10ft tree stakes and two rows of 4ft high garden fencing from Home Depot. Sometimes they still get in if they get up on the wall behind it and jump down into it. It hardly happens anymore though.

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  9. wing it

    wing it Chillin' With My Peeps

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    great suggeststion
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  10. 6chickens in St. Charles

    6chickens in St. Charles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Raised beds.

    And clip their wings.[​IMG]
     

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