Putting chickens on raised garden bed for the day w/o free ranging...how do you all do it?!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by rannescott, Jan 25, 2015.

  1. rannescott

    rannescott Hatching

    Jun 2, 2014
    I have 4' x 8' raised beds in the front yard that I'd like the chickens to work on in the spring. One neighbor already isn't pleased there are chickens in the neighborhood so they can't free range out there.
    Can you share pictures of your set up or describe what material could be used as an easy way to do this? I've seen the tractor coops but I'm thinking something even simpler. Just a frame with wire, I'm planning at this point. TIA!!
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Free Ranging

    Apr 6, 2014
    Melrose Park Illinois
    First, convince your neighbor that the neighborhood is going BAD and that he should consider moving out. If the authorities allow you to keep chickens in your are, My suggestion is to play loud music daily until 10 pm ( quiet time) so cops cant stop you. Choice of music is important. Get foreign tunes that are cheap. Usually the cheap cd,s are not that GOOD . and the foreign lyrics, well nobody understands anyways.
    Now I thought that if you make a frame set to enclose your flower beds is the most practical. Install a makebelive camera observing your chicks as they graze. This way the @#$%^ neighbor will not harm them . WISHING YOU THE BEST.
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  3. ella&clara

    ella&clara Songster

    Sep 18, 2010
    If you've trimmed their wings so they can't fly out, and aerial and other predators aren't a concern,you could get some posts, zip -tie some sturdy plastic chicken-fencing to the sides, and put them in there. I have the step-in posts for electric fencing that are maybe $4 each, but you could do something cheaper with bamboo or reebar. If there are critters that want to eat your chickens then you need something sturdier. Make sure you get the sturdy plastic fencing, not the cheaper bird netting because your chickens, and/or snakes, might get entangled.

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