Garden Helpers September 28, 2015

How many of us have some unwanted  garden helpers? I may have a few chicken garden helpers here and there.

Chickens "helping" in the garden

“We were looking for bugs and worms, we swear! I promise I wasn’t eating your pak choy!”

Likely story, Nugget. No one is buying it.

I could put in a higher fence, as even my fattest hens can easily scale my low, 4-foot fence when the motivation is free reign of the garden… but if I did, then my feathery garden helpers wouldn’t have the opportunity to tear up my newly planted vegetables or eat all the tomatoes and squash, right?

Sneaky garden helper chicken

“Excuse me, Treat-bringer. There is nothing to see here. Nothing at all. Move along now…”

Most of the time, I don’t mind the hens in my garden. They keep the bugs down, go after squash bugs like crazy, slurp down slugs, and will sometimes even discourage ants! Other times I really wish I had put in that taller fence.

I’ve tried a number of different quick-fix approaches to keep the hens from destroying the garden.  Temporary fencing, “raised” beds with a hardware-cloth cover over the carrot patch, dollar-store trash cans and laundry baskets over new plants. But normally, to prevent my garden helpers from tearing up newly planted sprouts, or scratching up my freshly-sown seeds, I usually have to keep the hens in their run for at least three weeks.

chickens turning garden dirt

Clearly, I haven’t had much luck, as these ladies do what they want.

However, once the garden takes off, I am always grateful for their help.

Take that, squash bugs!

Zing-POW, grubs!

KABLAMMO, cabbage starts—OOPS!

chicken garden helpers "helping"

Silly chickens!

There ARE actually some good strategies to successfully combine chickens and gardening—even a great tip for keeping your chickens from scattering your mulch!—but somehow I just find myself in the eternal struggle. What do you do to keep your hens out of your gardens and landscaping?

One Comments
Cleeon October 14th, 2015

you’re right, You are in the eternal condition of lifecycle.

plant the seed, it grow, You harvest it, send out the chicken to finish and make land be more fertile, back to plant the seed>>>>eternal cycle, isn’t it beautiful 🙂

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