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Back garden Chickens

Posted: 08/01/2012 at 12:48
That was nicely bullet pointed when i typed it but came out different once I posted! Hope it still makes sense!

Back garden Chickens

Posted: 08/01/2012 at 12:46
We have three chickens in our garden and they really aren't hard to look after but there are obviously pros and cons. We have an enclosure of about 3 metres squared but you can go quite a lot smaller and still be fine. We also let ours out around the garden when we're home but they will scratch around in beds looking for slugs and worms etc and can damage plants, so you may want to consider protecting any vulnerable ones. Cons Can attract rats as there's always food about (take in food and water at night to reduce risk) Chickens like to get up at sunrise and go to bed at sunset so you really need to be around to lock them in coop for warmth and protection at night and let them out first thing, can be difficult to pull yourself out of bed in winter Foxes could be a problem, so far we've been ok, our enclosure has wire dug into the ground to prevent them digging their way in. Will damage tender plants if you let them near Pros Fresh eggs! We get one each a day from each chicken, we can't give them away fast enough! Very friendly sociable pets, they follow you round the garden and happily eat any slugs they find! Very easy to keep coop clean, chickens don't wee so as long as their diets ok you can just scoop out poop quite easily. That's all I can think of for now, hope that helps

Good chicken friendly plants for tiny bed

Posted: 26/12/2011 at 09:47

Hello,

I need some help choosing plants for a tiny circular raised bed. It is about 1 metre in diameter and has a pole in the centre with a dovecote on top. It is in a sunny position all summer but probably half shade in winter. The main problem is we have chickens who like to scratch round in the beds looking for worms and usually destroy anything we put in there. The bed is absolutely covered in weeds and I don't really have the time to keep on top of it. So I would like something that provides good coverage to stop the weeds, strong enough to withstand the chickens and doesn't require much maintenence (so not asking for much)! A touch of winter colour would also be a bonus!!

Any ideas gratefully received!!

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