My garden is looking a bit of a mess at the moment. These pictures were taken two summers ago before the arrival of our two hens, Sage and Onion.
They have a coop and run which is suitable for 3/4 hens so they should have plenty of room but I wanted them to have more freedom and space and so they have had the run of the garden for most of the day. When we made this decision I had no idea just how much destruction two hens could do.
Now eighteen months later, the patio is permanently covered with soil and stones, all the plants in pots have disappeared
and parts of my lawn look like this.....
At the end of last winter the grass looked very sparse and it did not fully recover during the summer. This year it looks worse.
Another disadvantage of having hens in the garden is that unless I keep the back door closed I have hens in my kitchen, which is quite sweet but not very practical.
Do I sound fed up? We like having the chickens and they are very friendly, sitting on the bench beside us when we take our cups of tea outside and rushing up to meet me each day when I go out to hang the washing on the line, but I also like my garden.
Hopefully we have found a solution, we are going to share the garden, half for the chickens and half for me to actually grow a few plants in. You can just see the netting fence in the photo dividing the garden into two.
The trouble is, the chickens are not happy with the fence. They peck at it, they poke their heads through the holes in the netting, they paw at it with their feet and they moan. So now of course I feel guilty about restricting them to the bottom of the garden.
I am hoping that after a few days they will have got used to the fence and will be contented chickens once more. Does anyone know if chickens have long memories or will they soon forget they once ruled over the whole garden?