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Keeping them out!
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Can anyone give me some advice as to how I can keep my chickens out of the garden. They have a 3 acre paddock and meadow with a lovely wooded area, but insist on coming over the 5 bar gate into the garden and are currently digging up all my spring bulbs. I have clipped their wings but they can hop onto the gate and off the other side.

Does anyone have any idea how I can keep them out? OH is getting most upset Blush
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(06-01-2018, 02:16 PM)PickyP Wrote: Can anyone give me some advice as to how I can keep my chickens out of the garden. They have a 3 acre paddock and meadow with a lovely wooded area, but insist on coming over the 5 bar gate into the garden and are currently digging up all my spring bulbs. I have clipped their wings but they can hop onto the gate and off the other side.

Does anyone have any idea how I can keep them out? OH is getting most upset Blush
Fenceing. It's the only way and it will safeguard against foxes if you do it right.
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#3
Can you extend the height of the gate and put chicken wire on it ?  Smile
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I suspect Eggy meant to write Electric Fencing although this would be very expensive round a 3 acre paddock.
I never make the same mistake twice. I do it at least five or six times, just to make sure !

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If they can't get over the gate (assuming that we find a way to stop them) can your chickens get over either side of this gate? Just to give an idea of how big an area we need to stop them.
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how many chickens are we talking about ?
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#7
extend the height of your gate with trellis or some such. You could also consider the plastic spike strips that deter pigeons supposedly.If the gate is not a nice perch then your girls may give up using it. That said they will then look for another way in Big Grin
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We are only talking about 6 hens. They can get over both sides of the gate. I have just re-clipped their wings but they are still managing to hop onto the gate and then off the other side. I have looked at those pigeon strips but didn't know if anybody had tried them?
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(21-01-2018, 06:36 PM)PickyP Wrote: We are only talking about 6 hens. They can get over both sides of the gate. I have just re-clipped their wings but they are still managing to hop onto the gate and then off the other side. I have looked at those pigeon strips but didn't know if anybody had tried them?

Aren't you worried about foxes ? Keeping chickens safe is my biggest worry. All of mine are in enclose runs with roof that are fox proof. Ok, it;s not going to be cheap, but the reward of building a fox safe run
pays dividends.
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