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Destruction in my garden

Oh dear, oh dear! I am mad, sad, angry but had to laugh at myself chasing Ruby the Chicken out of the veggie garden today!! I had the feather duster (which the chickens totally hate!) in hand and chased her all around the front garden shouting – “Get to the back, Get to the back!” I am still giggling about it now! How funny it must have looked. But in all honesty, I am upset at the total destruction of all my new plants I so lovingly planted and fed and mulched these past two weekends! 

I don’t know how she gets into the front veggie patch all of a sudden. I saw yesterday a few chicken footprints in the veggie garden but could not identify which chicken it was because they were all at the back…..hmmm………. then I happened to hear something through my window. There she was, Ruby in the dirt!! She is sooooo cheeky! She even took a couple of bites out of the one and only swiss chard plant. Check out the mess and the cheeky culprit! Back to the drawing board this weekend and a better gate system. The joys of gardening!!

[one_half]Destruction in veggie patch[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Tomato plant destroyed[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Spinach eaten[/one_half]


By Barbara

Country living is the best! Being a true spirit of the earth, my garden is all about vegetables and fruit trees and herbs and chickens roaming free. I was keen to really start gardening when we moved to Philadelphia in 2005, but not your typical suburban-type garden – sterile and bug-free! I wanted an edible garden.

19 replies on “Destruction in my garden”

Ok guys, the next blog post will be on …….The Feather Duster!! I’ll do a “my dirty secret” blog post on how I get rid of chickens …….

Lol, how funny, but I understand your upset too. But the plants will grow again …

Uggh. Last year our garden was toast due to a puppy. We practically turned the thing into Fort Knox, and he still go in it. One corn stalk made it.

Yes, I would love to see the feather duster! I feel your pain. I have an 80 pound dog that charges through new seedlings! Arg…

Thank you for all your comments and it looks as if Ruby has a fan club! I am still giggling about it and the moat idea is classic! Thanks Alan, we will have to built a fortress around the front area because I am certain, when we are not here, the chickens have a spare key and raid the fridge and watch TV. Wait a minute……What do I hear?? someone has jumped the fence again…….

I’m sorry you have such a cheeky chicken. We wrote a post last year about the truth regarding ‘gardening with chickens’, replete with video catching them in act of nibbling on the plants. The mature plants can stand a little nibbling, but seedlings, like yours, are gulped down in an instant. We do love having the chickens in the garden, but mostly use them as our clean up and tilling crew when turning over beds, and prepping for planting. They’re too destructive otherwise! I hope Ruby learns to stay outside the fence.

Oh, no! I haven’t had my garden torn up by chickens, but other critters have been guilty. I think Ruby looks proud of herself! I do feel your pain. Good luck with round 2!

Aren’t chickens incorrigible? Mine get into the garden all the time and tear up my beds. I put little wire cages around any plant that isn’t “chicken hardy”. I’ll have to get myself a feather duster to chase them off with!

So very funny, I can imagine the rage and chicken chasing that ensued when the newly planted garden was invaded. The feather duster is just an added bonus. Perhaps Ruby takes the feather duster as in implied threat.

When there are chickens, there is always comedy. At that is my experience as a farm girl.

This is such a funny, yet sad story. I did not realize chickens can cause trouble. Feather duster? I have to try that on my cockatoo. I love that photo of Ruby, she looks so indignant.

hahaha!!! Had a good laugh here!

That must’ve been hilarious to see! I wish Hannes had caught you on camera – better yet, on video! Biline = “Woman chases chicken through Philadephia …”, haha!!!

(picturing the scene and rolling around laughing here ….)

I am STILL giggling – NOW I have the feather duster stuck in the back gate – wafting in the wind to deter any scoundrels from entering.

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