On Keeping the Chickens Out of the Garden

Over the past eight months or so we have really enjoyed raising chickens.  They are ceaselessly entertaining animals and it sure doesn’t hurt that we are getting a dozen eggs about every three days.  However, as much as we love our chickens they do have their faults.  For one thing, the shit all the time, which can be a real mess (though the crap can be beneficial once thrown into the compost).  But the bigger issue of late, has been how they have destroyed our garden space. 

Finally, this past weekend, we worked to finish up fencing the chickens off to one side of the yard.  This effort had been delayed due to the need for some sort of gate, as well as some general procrastination.  But it is done, and in good time, because we are ready to get working on this year’s garden. Already we have some transplants of broccoli, collards, bok choy, and lettuce and we’re more than ready to get some other seedlings started. 

The chickens will probably not be happy about their smaller space to roam, but we can’t have them keep eating our plants and digging up our raised beds.  They still have freedom over about a third of the yard, and in that space is the compost pile, which they love to dig through looking for eats.  All and all I think that this will be a good thing.

I can’t wait to get started on this year’s garden.  We plan on buying several fruit trees and bushes to put in this year (in addition to the ones we already have).  We are also going to  cut back on the number of tomatoes we end up growing (we grew almost 90 last year) so as to have more space for other veggies.  With the chickens producing a lot of eggs and a garden providing a wide variety of food, I think that we’ll have some real good eats over the next eight months.  Can’t wait.

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~ by Nathaniel on February 13, 2012.

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