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Some of the herbs that chickens hate include:
What destroys grass is the high nitrogen content in fresh chicken poop. In the small confines of a chicken run, the swift layering buildup of chicken poop smothers and chemically burns the grass, obliterating anything growing in a new run within a week.
Spices that deter chickens include:
- Curry powder.
- Black pepper.
- Cayenne Pepper.
- Citrus Peels.
Free Ranging Defense
- Hang Your Old CDs. If you have free ranging hens it can be more difficult to protect them against birds of prey.
- Use Electric Fences. If your chickens are free–ranging you can erect an electric fence around the perimeter to keep predators away.
- Install Safety Shelters.
- Get Roosters.
- Use Guard Dogs.
Poorly designed or maintained chicken coops can be a magnet for rodents such as rats. Rats are attracted more so to your chickens food, water and eggs but will sometimes also prey on smaller birds, choosing to attack at night, leaving you with an unwelcome surprise come morning.
- Rose of Sharon.
- Most shrubs and bushes.
- Hardy Geraniums.
- Hardy Fuschias.
- Alchemilla Molis.
You can use your chicken poop in the same way you’d use cow manure, but won’t need to spread it as thickly. Putting chicken litter directly onto the soil or down rows beneath plants, as you would normal manure, is one way of utilizing it immediately. This is popular amongst potted plant and raised bed gardeners.
Chickens will provide nutrition to the lawn when they deposit their manure. Chicken manure is normally considered a “hot” manure due to its high nitrogen content. However, the wide and random distribution of droppings in your lawn will not burn or harm the turf. Chickens are omnivores.
Chickens can wreak havoc among perennials flowers and herbs, too. To keep them from digging up what you just planted, mulch around the plants with flat stones.
It’s possible to keep chickens in any garden. In an environment where birds may be allowed free-range for at least some of the time, consider choosing chickens and bantams with feathered legs, as these are less likely to scratch up the grass on your lawns quite as much as other breeds.
Here are some chicken breeds that are happy poking around a smaller sized backyard.
- Silkie Bantams. Silkie Bantams are little fluff balls of joy that don’t require much space, and bear more confined backyards well.
- Plymouth Rock.
- Rhode Island Red.
The answer is that you don’t need to do it unless your chickens are getting into trouble by flying over fences or restricted areas. But lighter breeds can fly over six feet high. And even within the heavier breeds, you can always have a few birds with enough determination and wing strength to get high off the ground.
How do I keep chickens off my vegetable patch?
Keeping Chickens as Part of a Healthy Vegetable Garden
- Low arches of wire fencing are invaluable for keeping chickens off of individual beds, whether you are protecting mulched garlic or beds of tender salad greens.
- Tunnels covered with row cover, tulle netting or bird netting are another easy way to keep chickens from damaging food crops.
As a rule of thumb a hen can lay between 200 and 250 eggs per year dependant upon the breed, their health, age, how well they are fed and also the time of the year so three or four birds will be sufficient in most cases.
Chickens can‘t live on grass alone. Grass can‘t provide our chickens with the protein or calcium needed in a balanced diet for poultry, so we give our free range pasture-raised chickens additional organic grain which provides them with a nutritionally complete and balanced diet, free from antibiotics and GMOs.
Wood shavings and straw are both great beddings for chicken coops and I personally love the smell of clean shavings in a warm coop, but when used as a flooring in an uncovered run, wood shavings and straw can become soggy and work into the ground fairly quickly making the run difficult to clean; that’s if they don’t
Grass in the chicken run.
The obvious answer might seem to be grass, and if you have a big enough area, grass is ideal. Chickens can spend their day happily scratching around for bugs, and creating their own dustbaths in whatever shade they can find.
Feeding chickens is easy when you let them peck around your pastures, garden and yard clippings. While they have a tendency to overgraze on favorite greens, chickens can be put to use mowing the lawn, plus they’ll devour any number of unwanted insects.
From our experience raising laying hens, I can say chickens can stay in their coop all day on occasion, but not for days on end. This will also depend on the size of your coop and the number of chickens housed in it. This also assumes you have food and water available for them inside the coop.
One of the awesome things about backyard chickens is the free chicken manure. The trouble is, chickens don’t contain themselves neatly around your fruit trees, where you want them to spread their manure. They poop everywhere. And they seem to especially love pooping in areas you really don’t want covered in poop.
A good soil amendment, chicken manure adds organic matter and increases the water holding capacity and beneficial biota in soil. A good fertilizer; chicken manure provides Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium to you plants (more than horse, cow or steer manure).
If there is no specific complaint, ask what they would like you to do. If the response is ‘get rid of the birds’, politely but firmly assure them that this is not going to happen and again try to get them to state why they object to your birds.
Orpingtons, Brahmas, and a few other heavy breed chickens seem to enjoy being caught and held. Sometimes they’ll even sit quietly perched on an arm or hand, especially if they are held frequently while being softly talked to.
A fence to keep chickens in has to be 6 foot or 1.8 metres high. I recommend the same to keep bantams inside the yard so they can free range.
Yes! You can safely feed both cooked and uncooked rice to your chickens. Rice is a healthy and economical food that can be added to your poultry feeding regimen without worry. Your chickens will love the variety that rice adds and they will unknowingly be getting some much-needed nutrients as well!
“Generally speaking most chickens seem to like the rain but will seek shelter in the heaviest of down pours. Repeatedly being exposed to rain without the opportunity to dry off can and will over time lead to respiratory issues and fungal infections of the feathers.
If you have a garden with ample space then you can keep chickens. And even betterit’s not difficult. Chickens are pretty easy animals to look after, they are entertaining, they’re a natural pest killer, and most importantly they lay delicious, fresh eggs!