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Hayesville, NC
(Zone 7a)

October 4, 2010
6:31 AM

Post #8136341

# ONE: I cut that chicken fencing into segments, like 2' x 4', and lay them around
the plants. It is right invisible, and it works well.. The problem with that is that
I have to remember to lift it and resettle it now and then to keep it from being buried
and being a barrier to ME later.

#TWO: About 15 minutes from me there is a dump where folks discard trees
and logs and branches and boards, so I get truck loads of that, and lay it along rows
in my unfenced veg garden plots. I also lay it in flower beds.

Incidentally, one of my hens insists on laying in my house, in the recycle paper
hamper. Now with cooling weather, she sometimes encounters shut window.
Then she struggles against it, and falls into the pen where mama hen and babies
are, and gets trounced.
I suppose I could keep all hens confined to hen house and its yard until morning
laying is over. But sometimes a hen lays as late as 5 PM. I seem to be forever
having to figure stuff out.

Montague, TX

August 30, 2012
12:21 PM

Post #9259475

I have hens laying in a box next to my front door where my three dogs eat and sleep! My rooster told them to lay there; he tried to get them into the house.
It seems that chickens and other poultry want (need) a considerable quantity of tender green "fodder" which may be why they like to free range in the garden. They are rough on June bugs and Japanese beetles too.

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