Chickens will eat certain insects -- including grasshoppers, grubs and worms -- that would otherwise feast on garden plants. Chickens can wreak havoc on a garden. They will peck at and trample flowers, vegetables and crops. Chickens also like to "dust bathe" in soil and will disturb the dirt in a garden by creating hollows. Several methods will help repel the chickens and keep them out of the garden.
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Things you need
- Coffee grounds
- Chicken wire
- Wooden stakes
- Motion-sensor water sprinkler
- Chicken coop
- Water hose
Sprinkle handfuls of coffee grounds around the garden. Coffee grounds will repel the chickens from the area. Consult a garden expert to make sure the excessive amount of caffeine will not damage the plants. Repeat the application of coffee grounds once a week.
Place chicken wire around the garden. Chicken wire is flimsy but will keep chickens and other large pests out of the designated area. Pound several wooden stakes around the garden and secure the chicken wire to the stakes. Because chickens do not fly higher than a few feet, the fencing needs to be a height of only about 4 feet.
Install a motion-sensor water sprinkler. Whenever the chicken comes close to the garden, the water will spray them. The chickens won't be harmed but will stay out of the garden after a few encounters with the water.
Keep the chickens in a coop, which will provide the hens and roosters a place of their own to kick up the dirt and live a proper chicken life. Surround the coop with a fence to give the chickens an area to roam without interfering with the garden.
Squirt the chickens with a water hose set on a low stream when they enter the garden. The water will not harm the chickens but help to enforce the fact that they are not suppose to be in that area. It will require several corrections for the chickens to finally stay out of the garden.
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