What Breed Is Good For Keeping In A Garden?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by BlueLagoonRabbitry, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. BlueLagoonRabbitry

    BlueLagoonRabbitry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2009
    Western Iowa
    What breeds of chickens would be good to keep in my garden to keep weeds and bugs down? Thinking only three with a small coop to lock them up in at night...
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Bantams. Small bantams. That's your best bet, but even they will start to dig up your wanted plants. [​IMG] The best thing to do, really, is only allow your chickens where you don't want things to be destroyed. So, keeping them around when plants are fully mature and large, before plants grow, or later in the year is fine. . . But otherwise your best bet to not get the garden wrecked is by using small bantam breeds like Cochins or Seramas. . . Less damage.
  3. rebecky1305

    rebecky1305 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2009
    Lansing, MI
    Chickens will tear up a garden quickly. They scratch for bugs and rip out any plantings along the way. They will also eat everything there is to eat, plants, weeds, vegetables.
  4. wclawrence

    wclawrence Chillin' With My Peeps

  5. Debbi

    Debbi Overrun With Chickens

    May 2, 2010
    I've never had any chicken, bantam or large fowl, that didn't totally destroy my garden. I always have to roar with laughter when some folks swear Marans aren't heavy scratchers, and are good for your garden! [​IMG] Don't believe that for one second! Mine not only scratch, they dig holes!! I use a small Mantis tiller in my garden to help keep down the weeds. [​IMG]
  6. happyhensny

    happyhensny Brown Barns Farm

    Even if you wait till the garden is in "full swing" they chooks will peck at one tomato move on and peck at another. So, if you don't mind poultry-pecked maters... [​IMG]
  7. bywaterdog

    bywaterdog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 29, 2008
    The only type of chicken that is guaranteed not to dig up your garden ? Rubber chickens do little, except to put a smile on your face.
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2011
  8. krcote

    krcote Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2008
    Concord, NH
    Quote:x2 [​IMG]
  9. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Hello there!

    I after my garden is growing well, and the plants are rooted real good, then I let a few special hens get in there with me when I'm harvesting green beans or peas or whatever......They just love running in between the rows of corn and pecking around. I will throw them a bug now and then too...

    But I don't let them stay for long, and when I'm done, they're done......I have an older hen Daisy, who is my buddy, and she's my garden helper......It's fun because they're so darned curious.....and I talk to them as I harvest and they keep me company......

    Gee.....Do I sound like a CRAZY CHICKEN LADY? [​IMG]
  10. urbanolive

    urbanolive Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2009
    I read that Sultans don't scratch as much, and that actual sultans kept them as garden ornaments for that reason. Feather feets can't tear up the ground as much either. I do let mine in the garden after everything is up and established, I put rocks and bricks at the base of plants. I plant enough tomatoes so that they are free to peck at the lower ones. I try to only let them out for a few hours a day and haven't had any problems with destruction of grass, but we have a large yard about 3/4 acre that they roam all over.

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