reintroducing myself to chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kenbob, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. kenbob

    kenbob New Egg

    Jan 24, 2011
    We had chickens when I was a kid, now at fifty two I think I want to do it again. Ours were free ranging back then, but the dogs killed most of them. I am building a coop and run next to my garden, would it be advisable to allow the chickens into the veggie garden or will that be a bad idea. I was thinking that maybe a little free fertilizer and bu:/g control would be nice.[​IMG]
  2. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    Let them out only when you are there to watch (keep an eye on) them. [​IMG] from NY!
  3. Cacciatore

    Cacciatore Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2011
    San Pablo, CA
    Welcome [​IMG] from California. I allow my chickens in the garden at times depending on what I have planted. During the winter when I have less young plants they spend more time in the garden. I have cabbage growing now and they love it, so I built a cage from 1x2s with mesh over it to keep them out. That way I can have them in the garden without losing my cabbage.
  4. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from a cold Ohio. So glad you joined. [​IMG]
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  6. kla37

    kla37 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2010
    Hillsborough, NC USA
    [​IMG] They would LOVE to be loose in your veggie garden!!! They would probably eat everything they could. My garden is fenced to keep out deer and when I'm not growing anything or it is the end of the season and I want the garden to get cleaned out, then I let them in there.
  7. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    Hello [​IMG] from Hesperia, Ca and [​IMG]
  8. Wild Trapper

    Wild Trapper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2011
    [​IMG] from Ohio.

    If you let them in the garden, you won't have to worry about picking your veggies, they will do it for you.
  9. ginormous chicken

    ginormous chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2011
    Elverta, California
    [​IMG] From Elverta, California

    You can let them out, but I would watch them. Next thing you know all the cabbage is gone and you are standing there wondering why. It should be a treat to let the chickens in the garden. Oh, chicken poo from the source itself is acidic; it'll burn, be careful!

  10. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

    Dec 2, 2009
    Welcome to BYC from Canada! [​IMG]

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