Asked by: Magaret Jitetsky
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How do I keep chickens out of my garden?

Last Updated: 23rd May, 2020

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Part 1 Driving the Chickens Away
  1. Spray the chickens with water. When youseechickens wander into your garden, give them aquickspray with a standard garden hose.
  2. Sprinkle spices around the area.
  3. Use citrus peels.
  4. Plant unappealing herbs.
  5. Weed selectively.

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In respect to this, will chickens destroy your garden?

Yes, they probably will ruin the gardenbutdepending on how nice you like to keep your garden thenit'sall a matter of opinion! Most breeds ofchickenswill scratch areas of ground looking for food toeat,they will peck the leaves of plants theyfancyand create hollows in the ground for theirdustbaths.

Beside above, will mothballs keep chickens away? Be careful when using mothballs becausethereare several risks with using mothballsagainstchickens. The reason that mothballs areineffectiveis because a chicken's sense of smell isn't very good.Plus,mothballs are made to deter small insects, like moths.Theyaren't made strong enough for larger animals.

Furthermore, how do you keep free range chickens on your property?

Here are some pointers:

  1. It's best if the habitat elements which attract chickens arenotnear the fence. Compost bins, shade, dust bathing areas, andthebest vegetation for foraging should be in the middle of theyard, orclose to the house (see illustration).
  2. Keep vegetation mowed on both sides of the fence.

Can you keep chickens in a vegetable garden?

Chickens do eat garden pests, butthinkingthat they are compatible with a vegetable garden isnotquite right. Chickens love tender greens andwillravage beets, lettuce, chard, and evenbroccoli.

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