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Chicken Proof fence

The girls have decided I should blog about them. They’ve noticed a number of bee posts and lots of allotments and they don’t think this is fair.

One of the challenges of backyard chickens is one of their great strengths. They like to forage.

When we set up their coop we decided that we wanted them to forage in the garden if the weather was good and we were at home.

The back yard is a paved, squarish walled area. It’s got plants growing up the walls from very narrow borders on two sections. A purple clematis, a kiwi and a white flowering, climbing hydrangea or two.

Then it has a significant collection of plants in pots.

The girls are particularly effective at weeding, mulching and hoeing the soil. They do this with enthusiasm and gusto. It is their strength but the plants themselves may not tolerate the attention.


Last year, they managed to demolish a number of green residents. Those who survived include:
Witch hazel
One red Japanese acer
They also failed to destroy the hydrangea but it has a great short back and sides!
Kiwi plant (still fruitless after four years but prolific!)
Purple Clematis
A spiky yucca (otherwise known as Son of Edna from the vicious evil Edna that bore him at the allotment!)

The good thing is that many of the casualties were old and a bit tired and may well not have survived. They became chicken lunch.

The plants that did survive are now in great condition and seem to love the attention!

So this year the empty pots need new residents.

How to decide what will thrive under all that beaky attention?

At the garden centre this week and last I made some choices. The criteria are straightforward.

Winter Hardy
Chicken hardy
Edible, medicinal, herbal or purple!

I’ve added:
Beauty berry
A new acer
Winter savory

They are all potted up now and the birds are already busy with them!





The chickens are pleased with the recognition for all their hard work!


7 comments on “Chicken Proof fence

  1. lindaswildlifegarden
    March 17, 2014

    lovely post and thank you for sharing


  2. Rambling Woods
    March 20, 2014

    Lol…. Chicken hardy… Love it


  3. Morguie
    January 6, 2015

    When we had chickens, every so often they would sneak into the far reaches of our property and lay eggs there…more than a couple of times we found huge stashes of (rotten) eggs…do yours do this? We decided that they must be wanting to have chicks when they did that. We were careful to watch to avoid these egg stashes.
    I loved the pic with the hen in the potted plant.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lizard100
      January 6, 2015

      Thanks. Ours have a very small second nest in a tub but the tub is gone now. It disintegrated. I wonder what theyll choose next year.

      Liked by 1 person

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