<div style="display:inline;"> <img height="1" width="1" style="border-style:none;" alt="" src="//googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/viewthroughconversion/1028731116/?value=0&amp;guid=ON&amp;script=0">
5 ISSUES FOR £5 Subscribe to Your Chickens today click here

Protecting the garden

PUBLISHED: 11:03 12 April 2017 | UPDATED: 11:03 12 April 2017

A small fence can help

A small fence can help

Archant

Help, tips & advice by chicken keepers

Question: While my chickens were shut in because of the bird flu restrictions, I started creating a vegetable patch. The soil is levelled and ready for planting – but now the chickens are free-ranging again they are really pleased with my hard work! They love digging and dust-bathing in the fresh soil, and it’s impossible to plant anything. Is there an easy (and inexpensive) way of keeping them off this area? I don’t want to confine them again or clip their wings.

Anne Perdeaux says: It’s lovely to see the chickens out and about again, isn’t it? They always seem to be where you don’t want them! My raised vegetable bed has chicken wire around it, making a barrier of about 60cm. This is easy for me to step across, but the chickens don’t try to fly over, although they are very able fliers. They prefer to hop up and then over obstacles, so a solid wall or fence is actually easier for them. Another option on larger areas is the plastic barrier fencing used by workmen. Before you shudder, it comes in other colours apart from orange – ours is green. It’s durable but not very expensive, and is available from builders’ merchants or online. Make sure your chickens have an alternative area to dust-bathe too. It’s good for their health and will help distract them from your veggies!

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Your Chickens visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Your Chickens staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Your Chickens account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Care and Advice

Monday, April 16, 2018

A guide to getting help with your chickens when you go away, with Julie Moore

Read more
May 2018
Monday, April 16, 2018

Michelle Dunn explains why some cockerels are aggressive, and some downright docile…

Read more
May 2018
Monday, April 16, 2018

A great new book about chickens includes a fascinating section about their emotional life. How To Speak Chicken is by Melissa Caughey. Here are some extracts...

Read more
May 2018
Friday, March 16, 2018

Answered by poultry vet Victoria Roberts BVSc MRCVS

Read more
April 2018
Friday, March 16, 2018

It is time to end male chick culling, says Jane Howorth, founder of the British Hen Welfare Trust

Read more
April 2018
Friday, March 16, 2018

Adding new chickens to an existing flock can be a worrying process. Will they bring in disease? What if there is open warfare? How long will it take for them all to settle down?

Read more
April 2018
Monday, January 15, 2018

Sarah McKenzie from Sussex Garden Poultry considers what birds are ideal for young or first time henkeepers

Read more
Monday, January 15, 2018

Everyone seems happy with some accommodation changes in Martin Gurdon’s garden

Read more
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

We don’t yet know if there will be another poultry ‘lockdown’ this winter because of avian flu. It pays to be prepared though, and Kim Stoddart offers some suggestions

Read more
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A former pop star has adopted some ex-battery hens and become a supporter of the British Hen Welfare Trust. The charity talked to him about his chickens

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most Read

Don't Miss...


Chickens Stateside

Fresh Eggs Daily

Follow us on Twitter


Like us on Facebook