Ok so anyone who has chickens (especially free range) knows that gardening where they can reach it generally results in utter destruction and chaos. So this year I am fencing in an area of my yard so that I can garden in peace. However I have ordered TONS of seeds. And I have every intention of sharing my harvests with my birds. But with so many seeds and potential plants, I would like to raise some and put them in an area the chickens CAN reach so that they can forage among them at Will. Any ideas on how to manage this so that the plants are not destroyed in a single day?
For me it would be a mobile chicken coop with electric netting for the chicken run. You can then more the setup to wherever you want.
Once the seedlings get to a nice size, the chicken usually don't harrass them, they usually just go after the insects.
Check out Edible Acres youtube channel. They have a chicken system where they plant shrubs and veggies in their chicken areas with protection so the chickens can eat the berries, or whatever, but not scratch up the roots and thus kill the shrubs/trees/whatever.
I think they also use a sprouting in the field system to feed them (or maybe that was someone else.)
I may watch too many youtube vids on chicken systems...
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