Monday, March 5, 2012

Don't Fence Me In

After finishing a fence and finding himself with extra wood, my father offered to build me a fence with the leftovers.  He thought it would be nice for the chickens to stretch their wings a bit more.   


The girls agreed. 

You see, the ladies are cooped up when the garden is cooking.  They are offered true free range only in early spring, before all the seeds go in, and in fall, before the cover crop is tucked in.  Then, they are slug eating machines.  Any other time of year, these innocent looking featherheads are nothing short of natural born killers - decimating pumpkin patches and tearing through peas in the click of a beak.


I happily took my father up in his offer.  Along side the run, he built a chicken "corral" with both sun and shade.  For now, I'm only letting out the tamer girls (Minerva Louise, you are out of luck, sister!) because I have to shuttle them back and forth until we make an opening in the run.


Can't they just fly over the fence, you ask?  Theoretically.  Most of my girls are too chubby to get off the ground though.  Heck, one of them is too fat to flap up to the roost at night.  Gotta love cochins.  In any event, their girth coupled with the staggering of the top railings seems to mostly deter them - and, will hopefully let my garden grow in peace this spring.


* Linking to Homestead Barn Hop, Tuesday Garden Party, Garden Tuesdays and Farmgirl Fridays for this post.

17 comments:

Brenna @ Almost All The Truth said...

What a great idea! I am always tucking all these bits of chicken information into my mind for the day we actually get our own. Next year we may have something just as great for our girls!

Clint Baker said...

Cool idea! Thanks for sharing.

Diana said...

I love that gate! I have to keep my chickens fenced in away from the garden also, since even in the winter and early spring I have chard and winter greens, and lettuce and cilantro that self seed (unless the chickens get to the area first!).

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

What a fantastic fence and gate--looks wonderful! Well done, Father! I had neighbor's chickens that came over to my garden to visit over the winter. They didn't touch the flower beds at all, but went nuts in the fruit tree row and yard--there must have been slugs and bugs that were more delicious than my perennial crowns! However, the neighbor patched the fence so now they stay home, but I kind of miss them!

Alison Golden - The Secret Life of a Warrior Woman said...

Your garden is really coming along. And what a nice Dad you have. Lucky chickens!

Beth said...

Loved your post and your style of writing - your chicks just don't know how lucky they are!

Pam said...

Thanks for linking up to garden Tuesday! I wish I could have chickens!

green funds said...

What a great idea. The things you have to think about I guess to combine gardening with chicken-raising!

Lexa said...

Well, your girls will love having a new space to roam. And since they appear to be "plus size" girls , you don't have to worry about them flying over the fence.They are a very lucky group :)

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Ah...chicken run.
and fencing...
all things I'm researching myself.

thanks for posting this.

Tanya @ Lovely Greens said...

Great enclosure - it's practical but oh so pretty :)

And thanks for the tip...we're about to get some chickens ourselves and definitely don't want them ripping into my raised beds in the back garden.

Jenny said...

Good idea. I would like to make our chickenrun a little bigger this summer. We used to let them free range in the back yard, but I finally decided I wanted my yard back so I could do some landscaping. Chickens and plants don't mix.

Green Bean said...

Thank you everyone for the compliments on my new cute little fence. :)

Jeanette said...

Wow--such a cute little fence and gate!

Jami @ An Oregon Cottage said...

Cute fence and chicken house- I can see how they would be happy campers there. :-) I think this year will finally be a chicken year for us!

Glad to see you again at the TGP!

temporary fence hire said...

I like the design of the chicken pen. Apart from the design, the barrier does not look obstructive to the garden's theme.

Vicki Tower said...

I always find pool fences tampa bay very helpful especially for safety purposes. Just like these fences for chickens. It avoids the chicken from being caught by a predator.

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