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run area inside veggie garden

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Katzinthehat, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. Katzinthehat

    Katzinthehat In the Brooder

    Jan 3, 2009
    Hi, were planning on starting a family of ~5-10 chickens this spring. we have a prebuilt coop picked out. The coop will have a grassy run but we also want to let the chickens roam inside our fenced vegetable garden, thinking the they will help with pest control and fertilize at the same time. Will the chickens be ok in the garden, will they hurt the plants or do they need to be kept out? thanks, kat man
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    They will eat your plants, I promise you. They love tomatoes!
  3. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    Ah, no. Picture Dr. Evil aiming his laser beam right at your garden. Chickens will,in fact, destroy every living plant form they can find. Including, I gather, cactii. Fence your garden very, very well. Or fence the chickens.

    And congrats on joining the flock!
  4. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    I turned by flock into my garden after we were done with it for the year. 17 hens in a 36x36 area and they had everything gone in a little over a week. I throw scratch feed in the garden now, and I intended to allow them access until I need to work up garden to plant. I won't let them back in until next fall as I pretty sure they would eat everything I plant.
  5. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    there is no such thing as a garden with chickens. Doesn't matter if it's veggies or flowers. The feather beasts will destroy it all!!
  6. momofdrew

    momofdrew Songster

    and cucumbers and squash and strawberries BUT the eat a lot of pests... [​IMG] it is called the chicken tax... they did leave me some food
    I plan on letting them back into my garden this summer too
  7. waynesgarden

    waynesgarden Feathers of Steel

    Mar 30, 2008
    Oxford County
    As I've posted here several times, every once in a while I give the chickens another chance to range through the garden. Every time I regret it.

    The damage they do is not worth the few insects they eat.

  8. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Last edited: Jan 3, 2009
  9. Catalina

    Catalina Songster

    Jul 19, 2007
    Quote:Chicken moat!

    Edited to add: I can see this working in the country, but not in the suburbs.
    It's a great idea.
    The neighbors would really call me the crazy chicken lady if I did this on my little town lot!
    But I bet it would keep robbers out....
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2009
  10. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    The chickens will love you for it. But you want have a garden.

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