The rooster dancing with his six hens misses very little in our yard. Ever inquisitive and quick to call attention with a “chuck chuck chuck” brings those greedy girls to consume whatever the new item of interest. Yes the hens are fantastic composters but . . . how do you have a garden as well?
Those greedy girls were tearing apart the flat of new plants in the time my back was turned to pick up the trowel. I have to tell you it has taken 3 years of trial and error and chicken wire boundary to keep them out.
I love fresh herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash to complement my fresh eggs. I really appreciate the pest control of my small feathered predators. I live in Texas and having an area with no chiggers is awesome! These girls are entertaining and well funny in their endless antics.
Know up front that the creative tenacity and food motivated lust make good boundaries a necessity. A two foot lattice work boundary just makes my girls chuckle. They are not above jumping up on a four foot fence then jumping down into the area of tender delicacies.
So not only will you prepare the soil and lovingly place your seeds and plants, and keep them weeded and watered you will fence it off from your eating monsters. What works for me are four foot poles with five foot wire. Eliminates the platform for jumping up to get in. Allows me to place the poles and move the wire as needed.
Enjoy both your garden and your hens. I sure wish I had been open to a how to earlier on in my career.