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Using scratch to save my garden

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by JennsPeeps, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Mine is a small, urban yard. I don't have much grass b/c, well, I can't stand the stuff. I've got 95% garden and 5% grass. The problem this time of year, though, is that the girls are digging digging digging DIGGING! [​IMG]

    They dig, I rake it back into the beds. rinse, lather, repeat [​IMG]

    Today I bought some scratch in the hopes that it'll keep them busy for a little while and maybe distract them from kicking every last bit of mulch and dirt out of my beds.

    [​IMG] if it'l work, but at least they were happy!
  2. allaboutdemchicks

    allaboutdemchicks Chapel Farms

    Sep 13, 2008
    Jemison, AL
    That's funny!! And anything that has even a little amount of green foliage is getting a trim by chicks. Alot of herding around here!! [​IMG]
  3. Omran

    Omran Songster

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    I put scratch every day for my hen and they still dig every where, but the good news I have enough land for tem to play.

    anyway I wish you good luck.

  4. pattycake

    pattycake Songster

    May 7, 2007
    fingerlakes, ny
    I have to put a fence around every bit of garden I don't want to be scratched, dug up, or munched. I refuse put a fence around the flower bed in front of my house -- it's there to look pretty! -- so every day I have to go shovel the mulch back in... Oh, well, they keep the bugs down, that's what I tell myself.
  5. chookchick

    chookchick Songster

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    Ha! and you thought you could still have a garden! I predict that within a year the chickens will have won. You could still put plastic flowers out if you want color![​IMG]
  6. GrowingonFaithFarm

    GrowingonFaithFarm In the Brooder

    Jan 10, 2009
    Prospect, TN
    Planted about 15 heads of cabbage, gone in two minutes flat, planted another 15 covered with a row cover, gone in two days, planted turnips, gone within a week, covered new turnips with row cover and the grasshopers just loved the warm cozy enviroment I made for them. Lesson learned? Putting up a fence come spring and trying again. Keeping my fingers crossed they don't decide to hop the fence.

    PS, the kids may have sabotaged the row covers on the cabbage. When I told them about it they did not looked surprised.
  7. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Oh yeah, I learned that fences make good (chicken) "neighbors".
  8. CitySoil

    CitySoil In the Brooder

    Jan 13, 2009
    South Louisiana
    Coop and run in design stages. My wife is thinking 6-8 chickens. I'm building big enough for 12-18.

    The coop and run will go next to the already-fenced garden, with a connecting gate. The idea: we can let the in when WE want to go after bugs/weeds. They may get to range in the yard at other times.

    My question: will my three-foot garden fence keep them out?
  9. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    Quote:Hi, I see you're new [​IMG]
    You might want to make a new thread for your question, but the answer is probably yes. Ours respected a 2' fence so I think you'll be OK as long as you get heavier breeds that aren't too flighty. Welcome once again to a wonderful forum!

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