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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2006 9:13 pm 
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Hi everyone,
just wanted to know if there are any veggies/herbs at all that the chooks won't eat hope some has solved this problem and can help me!!!


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My parents used to move the chook yard onto the vege garden to clean it up (they make it bare). But there was a little patch of green, the untouched parsley. Every other blade of grass and plant was eaten


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Hi garbage2...I take it from your post that your chooks are eating everything you're growing :lol: As Andy says, chooks are great at cleaning up the vegies that have gone to seed, but they also love to eat and scratch up all the new seedlings. The wild birds do this too. My chooks live in the vegie garden but anything that they shouldn't eat is protected from them. I use portable fencing to contain vegie beds and add bird netting over the top to stop wild birds getting in to eat seeds or scratch up seedlings. I have a collection of puppy pens which are easy to move around and just the right size - but they are expensive new. I've also made flexible frames of chicken wire (some with old irrigation tubing to give a little stability) that sit around precious beds to keep the chooks out. I grow some vegies just for the chooks so they have plenty to eat in the garden without eating MY vegies :D Judy


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yes i am building a new pen soon.so i am going to try to get some railway sleepers and build up a garden and plant some wheat and other thing's in there for them to eat.here is how it will work

1)stack 2 sleeper's on top of each other ,all the way around to form a box
2)fill dirt up to the bottom sleeper
3)put wire across from side to side,nail it to the top's of the sleepers
4)plant the wheat
the wire will be over the top's of the slepers so the chooks can only eat what grows through.

I hope you could under stand, when i finish i will post photos


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Sounds good - they do love that fresh wheat grass. You can try other grains as well. If you have a patch of ground that could do with a scratching over, you could just scatter the grains on the ground for them. Cover with hessian or something to keep the chooks away for a few days, then let them scratch at the sprouting grain. Actually my rooster decided he was smarter than me when I used this method and he just pushed the hessian aside to get at the grains underneath :lol: So maybe your box and wire idea will work better :D Judy


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Garbage 2,

Can I suggest also growing sunflowers in your garden?
That way you can give your chooks the flowers once they have gone to seed as well!

Great idea by the way - I have used large plastic pot plant containers with wire over the top - but never gardens made with railway sleepers.

Wayne

P.S. Mind you - my vege gardens are sections of rain water tanks 2 metres in diameter and 900 mm high :)


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Yes i will plant some sunflower seeds is it to eairly to plant them yet.

I am also trying to think of a plant it is a like tall piece of grass grows about 6ft high it is called sothex or suedex somthing like that, do you know what it is called or what i am talking about.


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How about tiger grass?


Common name: Tiger Grass

Botanic name: Thysanolaena maxima

Description: Perennial grass with stout culms to 3 metres (10') tall, lance shaped leaves and fine plumes of purple flowers. It forms dense clumps and can be propagated by either seed or division.

I have it growing outside my duck runs and use it as a screening plant.

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yes but the place i am putting the gardens are fairly shaded.

does this plant grow in the shade?

thanks
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Yes it will grow in patial shade through to full sun.


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Sudax or Sudan Grass is probably what you are thinking of. Google search yields fair bit of info.


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Can't help you with the grass and not sure if this is much help, but my new chooks found the veggie garden in seconds!

2 of the 3 beds are now fenced off to make sure some is left for me!

The bed I left for them has Silverbeet, Beetroot, Parsley and Spring Onions which are all still from last season's planting in October.

They've not touched the spring onion or parsley, but the Silverbeet has been demolished!! I had no idea that 4 chooks could each such a huge amound of greens in a matter of days.

Aaron.


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Aaron,

Just think of the Silverbeet as an appertizer :)

My green backyard is 130 metres long. It isnt that green anymore but I am now stringing wire to fence off sections and planting seeds by the bucketload. Thank god for the Greenharvest list of things to plant for chooks.

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Yes cackles,
sudax is the one. i asked my agu teacher at school i knew we put it in for the cattle around cristmas time last year.


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