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I'm thinking of buying an eglu and some chickens. I have a large garden in Leicester. The bottom of the garden is basically scrub land, and I've clearer an area ready for the run. The fences nearby are covered in ivy, and you know what it is like, it gets every where (tendrils along the ground etc).


So my questions are:

1) Is ivy harmful to chickens, or will they just avoid it?

2) Are there any other plants that are harmful? I read something about rhubarb.

3) We get loads of foxes... are you sure they will be okay?

4) Anything else I should know.


Thanks for any help you can give.



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We have lots of ivy, they leave it alone. They tend to leave things alone if it's likely to be harmful.

There are urban foxes in Leiceaster city and suburbs. They will get your chooks if you don't take sensible precautions. Have a read through the forum - there is plenty of advice around. Just remember they can climb and dig. The eglu and run will be fine, may need to take extra precautions if your ground is very soft (chickens can be daft enough to dig out! :shock: ) and make sure you shut the eglu door at night.

You will really enjoy keeping chickens! 8)

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