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Chooks eating my vege garden

 
Russell Dinning
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Ok like our barred rock flock free ranging they have over 1/16 of a acre. We have tried to fence them in but hey barred rocks are escape artists. Anyone got any tips on how to keep them away from our veges and hugleculture in progress. It's driving us nuts. Is growing a sacrificial garden for them an option? There's the main culprit
 
Russell Dinning
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Here's themain culprit
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There's our main culprit the feathered rotary hoe
 
John Polk
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We have tried to fence them in...

Try fencing them OUT.

As long as there is sufficient food outside the garden, a light duty fence might be enough to keep them out.

Allow them in after harvest: they will clean out the trash and some of the pests & eggs.
Allow them in a week or so before you plant in spring: they will wipe out a lot of the pest larva.

Just keep them out during the growing season.

 
Anne Miller
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How do they escape?  Do you need to clip their wings?  Maybe you need to plants things for them in their range area?
 
elle sagenev
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Russell Dinning wrote:Here's themain culprit


Annoying chickens taste great.
 
Abbey Battle
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Your veges smell sooo good. nom nom nom

Yes, fence the chooks out of your vege patch. I have a similar problem with wildlife on my vege patch. I have bought a protective mesh thing to try for next year. (mice). Belt and braces I'm afraid.

Can you put your kitcen scraps some where away from your veges? Nothing my chooks like more than to rummage through my kitchen scraps. (even tea bags).
 
Miranda Converse
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I fenced my garden with the cheap black/green plastic mesh (NOT the flimsy 7ft deer fence, you will trap/kill animals like snakes and possibly even your chickens, the stuff is useless). They can't see a top to the fence so they don't try to jump it. When I first put it up, I don't think they could even see the fence itself because they would walk straight into it. Once they realized they couldn't walk through that area, they stopped trying. There's even a section, about 15ft wide, that my dog ran through and I haven't fixed yet. They haven't noticed yet and it's been a couple months.  The side facing the road does have a wooden fence and my peacocks have learned they can walk down that and hop into the garden so just make sure there isn't something they can jump onto for them to get in...
 
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