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Free Range Chicken Hazards

March 24, 2011

Rhode Island Reds in a lithograph, c. 1915.

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Danger from Free Ranging Chickens

(or, the Value of Good Fences)

Many people are just wild about free range chicken eggs, and for good reason.  When a flock of egg layers is allowed the liberty to scrounge up their own meals, the variety of their diet enhances and expands the quality of their eggs.  And we just love enhanced and expanded quality eggs.  But NOT at the expense of the vegetables and grain growing in the garden.  You might recall last fall after all the potatoes were dug, that I planted a raised bed with winter wheat, and was in doubt if it would survive the winter. So, imagine my distress when I looked out the window to see 3 Black Giants and a Rhode Island Red standing in the wheat bed, scratching and a-chowing, dining on the 1 to 2 inch tall hard white wheat seedlings.  YIKES!

So I jumps into my boots, and pretend to be Indiana Jones father on the beach…

Well, I did not bring an umbrella, like Professor Henry Jones in the 3rd movie, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, but I did get the attention of those opportunistic chickens.  By flapping my arms wildly, and moving quickly toward them, along with our turkey killing Jack Russel terrier.  And they did SKEE-DADDLE out of the garden area.  Later in the day the Rhode Island Red hen returned, and was grazing in the raised bed where the peas are planted.  (She was run-off in high fashion, as well.)  So, we will be installing more fencing.  More fencing to keep the chickens out of the gardens, and yet allow them to enhance their diet.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 24, 2011 1:05 pm

    Any video to share of the chicken shooing? 🙂

    • Uncle Milton permalink*
      March 25, 2011 2:10 pm

      Sorry, in the rush to get them buggers out of there, I left the video camera behind. It would probably qualify in America’s Funniest Home Videos, though.

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