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I HATE my chickens

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Love the blue hen Cloud. My new girls (only 1 left now) annilated the rhubarb leaves some yrs back and then I found out they shouldnt eat the leaves cos they are poisionous - thankfully they lived to survive. Sooo naughty - mine made hen shaped craters in OH's lawn - of course I blamed the cats cos they are naughty too. :whistle:

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We had a deadish bit of garden at the bottom, so I fenced it in with a pretty picket fence, then savagely trimmed wing and tail feathers. Chickens don't come out of it now except for special occasions. They were such a menace, I still have no plants in places and they've been fenced in for eighteen months. To be fair, I haven't planted anything because I'm lazy, but there were plants there before the beaky mob got to them.

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Thanks for the netting link, Plum. OH says we must go for that and be practical . . . but I'm holding out as I rather follow the pattern of Konrad Lorenze who had his wife sitting on a sofa in their sitting room all netted in so his birds (intellegent rooks and geese) could have full freedom :lol: . I'll give my pot towers a go and if that doesn't work I'll officially throw in the trowel, say the chooks have won and will get appropriate netting.

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I had a very pretty, but small (20m), cottage style, garden but it seemed rather 'lifeless' to me. We are, alas, having a lot of new houses built round our little line of Victorian terraced houses, and the work which has carried on for nearly 7 years and has 3 more to go has scared off any wild life including any birds. Getting chickens was my antidote and I do really like them (despite the subject line of this post). They have livened things up no end. However, clearly, certain compromises have to be reached :think:

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Last month we had work done in the garden and put the girls on the top lawn. This is a very mossy lawn and not really very good but the girls have done a wonderful job clearing out all the moss as well as giving it a good dose of manure.

Now the garden work is completed and they have their own garden which contains a climbing rose. Oh! I said to OH they don't eat roses, am now eating my words!!

Jackie

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