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Do chickens destroy your garden?

Last Updated: 6th April, 2020

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Yes, they probably will ruin the gardenbutdepending on how nice you like to keep your garden thenit'sall a matter of opinion! Most breeds of chickens willscratchareas of ground looking for food to eat, they willpeck theleaves of plants they fancy and create hollows in theground fortheir dust baths.

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Also question is, how do I stop chickens from destroying my garden?

Steps

  1. Spray the chickens with water. When you see chickens wanderintoyour garden, give them a quick spray with a standardgardenhose.
  2. Sprinkle spices around the area.
  3. Use citrus peels.
  4. Plant unappealing herbs.
  5. Weed selectively.

One may also ask, do Bantams ruin your garden? Will Bantam chickens ruinyourgarden like their large cousins will do? Allchickensscratch and dust bathe and bantam sized chickens arenodifferent to their large fowl cousins when it comes totheirability to make a mess of your backyard garden.Theyare however smaller and tend to do less damage thanlargefowl.

Keeping this in consideration, can you keep chickens in a residential garden?

However, you may be subject to byelaws,leaseconditions or the deeds to your house preventing youfromkeeping chickens, and there are rules that may applytoback-garden poultry keepers. If your hens are able toflyover boundary fences then you can clip theirwings,keeping them on terra firma.

What are chickens scared of?

Alektorophobia or the fear of chickens isderivedfrom the Greek word 'Alektor' which means 'rooster' and'phobos'meaning 'fear'. As the name indicates, this phobia causesanirrational fear of chickens (or other feathered creaturesaswell as their eggs) in the sufferer.

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Will I get rats if I keep chickens?

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Do chickens attract rats?

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Do I need permission to keep chickens in my back garden?

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