Sunday, July 5, 2009

Chasing Chickens

The Girls

A chicken’s day is quite boring when you live in a 9'x4'x6' enclosure. What’s there to do really—sit up on the perch, scratch around for bugs, take a dust bath, eat, take a nap in the shade.

Buffy is the last to brave leaving the Coop

The highlight of the day is when the door to the coop opens and they are invited out into the garden where more interesting dining options await them—carrot tops, cucumber leaves, tomatoes—and trying to keep a chicken out of the vegetables is impossible unless you stand guard.


While they are pretty entertaining, most of us have other things to do after work than sit in the garden and shoo the chickens out of the vegetables. Devising a gate or fence to go around each raised bed is a must.

Gate around the tomatoes, eggplant & peppers
Not to worry, there are plenty of other delicacies to be found—worms, grubs, ants...
The Girls in the Garden
And hopefully soon, they'll be big enough and brave enough to find their way outside the garden and into the yard.

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