Many chicken owners prefer to have them wander free range, at least part of the time. Even though the girls will help keep garden pests down they can do damage to your garden and flower beds. This is a guide about keeping chickens out of your garden and flower beds.
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Here are questions related to Keeping Chickens Out of Your Garden and Flower Beds.
I have a client I work for who has chickens, hens, roosters and ducks. She has also planted a garden and the animals are eating/ruining her tomato plants. Is there a way for her to keep them away from her garden, short of keeping them cooped up? She likes to let them out to roam during the day. Thanks for any help on this.
jmz2005 from Illinois
By marieaa65 08/21/2008
I have my garden on the other side of the fence, I have free range chickens and ducks and geese, They have a acre I got a space as big as your kitchen table for my garden, think there somthing wrong with this picture, But I do have a weed free lawn out of it, with only 2 geese 2 hens and 6 ducks, Whom are so funny at the best of times They make the world a better place just watching them
Any ideas on how to keep chickens out of the garden and flower beds? Last year they kept digging up new flower plants as quickly as I planted them. They dig them up and then lay in the hole they have dug.
By Margo from Ogden, UT
Hi! I know most of you don't work at Mickey D's and may not have access to alot of coffee grounds but I use old coffee grounds to keep my chickens out of my flower beds. At first they went into them (maybe they thought they'd like it) but I haven't had a problem since the first or second time they tried it.
I tried using moth balls to keep my rabbits from eating my husband's small trees and found out that at least one chicken ate one. I cooked some eggs and noticed a distinctive flavor. It took awhile but I recognized it as mothballs! Luckily the customers that purchase our eggs didn't notice anything "off".
I have a neighbor that has chickens and they are free range. I plant a garden every year and it is about 20' by 25'. Every year those damn birds eat more of my crops than I do and yes I have put up chicken wire and it does not work. Any suggestions on how to keep them out? Thanks.
By 4TruLady 04/03/2015
Since it appears that you and your neighbor can't see "eye to beak" on this, here is my suggestion. There is a product out there called electrified poultry netting. You can plug it into household current, and its very portable. You can move it around and configure it in any way you wish, and it's very effective, especially if you water the grass around the perimeter of the garden well before the little villains are let out in the morning.
We have used three strands of hot wire around our garden effectively for several years, (5', 10", and 24" off the ground) but you have to make sure the ground is soaked before the chickens approach the hot wire. It does not kill the chickens, but it's a very unpleasant experience for them, and they usually avoid it after that.
Otherwise the only suggestion I have is taking your neighbor a bill for last years veggies, and if they refuse to pay it, smile broadly and tell them from now on you'll just take it out in fried "trespasser".
I need to know how to keep chickens out of my garden.
By Jean from Hoosick Falls, NY
You don't say how big your garden is but maybe driving some wood stakes in the ground around the perimeter of the garden and then attaching chicken wire to the stakes. When you are finished your garden will be ringed with chicken wire and that should keep the chicks out.
Will a hot sauce mix deter chickens from eating my plants?
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My next door neighbor has a problem with another neighbor's chickens crossing the street and visiting her newly laid, expensive flower beds. They are digging up the plants, etc. This isn't a rural area, but there are no laws on the books about poultry in people's yards. Any suggestions that won't harm the chickens, yet keep them out of the flower beds? Thanks, Holly Editor's Note: I guess this explains why the chicken crossed the road! To eat some flowers. Sorry...
By KS Sherry
By Brian Kenneth
Does anyone know how to keep chickens out of flower beds? They are destroying the mulch.
How do you keep chickens out of flower beds?
By Zoe2 from Dallas, TX