Sunday, July 31, 2011

Chicken moat

I've often heard the debate of letting your chickens into the garden or not.  On one hand they eat pests & can help with insect control.  On the other hand, they might eat your garden too.  This site has instructions for building a chicken moat.  Basically it's a double fence that has your chickens all around the perimeter of your garden, but keeps them out of the actual garden.  The author claims it saved their garden when their nearby neighbors gardens were destroyed by grasshoppers.  The chickens apparently kept the grasshoppers from getting into their garden.  The article mentions benefits protecting from other animals as well.
It looks like a bit of work, but I'm at least glad to know the idea in case I ever need it.  We may be without pesticides someday, & it could be life saving to have a way to control the insects.  Now I'm just wondering if I need to store the materials!
http://www.motherearthnews.com/sustainable-farming/1988-05-01/garden-pest-control.aspx

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