Chicken Pen In The Garden Is Best Of Both Worlds!

by Tammy Taylor~

Last year RancherMan & I decided that housing our free-range hens in the coop of our 1880’s barn just wasn’t protecting them.  Oh they were safe in the coop overnight, but when we let them out to free range each morning, predators were taking the entire flock time & time again.  We needed a modified free-range setup.  So we decided we’d amend our garden to include the chickens.  But our fenced garden offered some layout challenges.  I recently wrote a piece for Mother Earth News, come see how we were able to successfully incorporate the chickens into our garden area.  We have been able to protect the chickens from predators as well as the garden from the chickens.

Combining chicken pen w/veggie garden in a modified free-range setup protects chickens from predators & the garden from the chickens #TaylorMadeHomestead

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4 thoughts on “Chicken Pen In The Garden Is Best Of Both Worlds!

    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      It’s worked so well for us Keri. We’ll be picking up our hens for this spring any day now & their coop is ready & waiting. ~TMH~

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  1. Jessica

    Read the article on Mother Earth, but wanted to comment directly on your blog… We had a flock massacre (lost about 30 of our birds) in 2015 when we were free ranging. I wish I would have had this post before that happened. Great ideas & detail here! Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Oh no, Jessica! How heartbreaking! So far using this method we’ve not lost another hen, although I realize with any freeranging at all that risk remains. Fingers crossed! ~TMH~

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