Fruit and veg advice (heck - any advice!) for a newbie chook owner!

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cathy81walking

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eek!

Hmm, going to have to rethink aren't I??   ???
God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done ;)

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lukasmum

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I definitely keep them off the veggies.
I was extremely proud of my new raised beds last year, all planted up, seed rows labelled - looked pretty professional until an army of rotivaters turned up, loving the freshly turned soil :(

My neighbour nearly did herself a mischief from laughing tho.
Chucks were oblivious, and delighted in eating every worm and bug going.

I had carrots and coriander growing all over the place...it looked quite pretty really ;)

They did enjoy the surplus courgettes!! :tongue2:

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they will help you though when you want to turn over the soil - just pen them in onto that bit and they will scratch around for ages fertilizing as they go - just be careful though when digging as they do tend to get in the way  :D
Staffies are softer than you think.

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dizzylizzie

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they will help you though when you want to turn over the soil - just pen them in onto that bit and they will scratch around for ages fertilizing as they go - just be careful though when digging as they do tend to get in the way  :D

Joy im shocked at you!   chickens dont get in the way...they HELP! ;)..ask any chicken

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Going by the amount of chickens toes that have nearly met with the sharp end of my spade they definitely get in the way  :lol:

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....note to self: stay away from joy if she is armed with a spade :wub:

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good job I'm now going to do container growing instead isn't it  :lol:
Anyway we have gone off topic just a little bit  :(.
I tried boiling veg peelings up and my girls won't touch them, they don't like cabbage when it's on the floor but love it when it's still growing, love tomato seeds but hate grapes. So what I am trying to say is all hens are different but you can be sure if you don't want them to eat your veg plants you had better make sure that they are well protected  ;)

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cathy81walking

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Thanks everyone - I shall be definately having a rethink over the roaming space during the growing season then   ???

I did a bit of digging over the weekend (shiny bright yellow thing in sky on Saturday - can't remember its name :lol:) and the 'under gardeners' were a great help, I just hope they left some worms for the sake of the soil  :ohmy:

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I've found this site quite good so far.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/

Pluss all the advice on here too  :happy:

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cathy81walking

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Thanks Stompy - I'll bookmark that and have a good look round it!
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