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#1 niggles

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Posted Yesterday, 08:54 PM

Hi folks,

Just about to get some chickens to eat all the weeds and snail and slugs and whatnot. Quite excited to have them in the garden, but I am concerned that they might destroy my lovely button cactus (worse than the snails are already doing)

Just wondering if anyone out there has had any experience with this sort of thing.

Should I put all my buttons out of reach? Will they leave them alone?

If I do the chicken dance will the conform to my wishes?

 



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Posted Yesterday, 09:04 PM

Gee I dunno niggles, I wouldn't risk it. Chickens are pretty inquisitive and will try anything, and also peck at shit just for fun. I had a chook that enjoyed destroying styrofoam worm farm boxes, lol. Chooks are great, but they are a bit like feathered goats in my experience. :)

EDIT: I might add that you would be thinking the chook destroyed the foam box looking for worms, but she also picked at the foam that cushioned fish tanks, the foam insulation in a shed.... she was a foam addict. Lol. But yeah, chooks make good additions to the yard. I would like to get some quail. Newly hatched quail are so cute. Tiny little things...But there are too many cats in the neighbourhood to have free ranging quail.

Edited by Amazonian, Yesterday, 09:39 PM.

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Posted Yesterday, 09:22 PM

feed them lophs then eat the chickens.


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Posted Yesterday, 09:23 PM

Roast Mescaline. Chicken flavoured.


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Posted Yesterday, 09:30 PM

I agree with amazonian
I have two chicken and i can tell you that any garden bed or pot that sits on the ground will get raked threw or pulled up but curious chickens.

I have put netting over the veggie patch and have found scoria as mulch in pots stop them from searching for bugs but wont stop them from eating whats planted in them.

I would still recommend to anyone to get chooks. I could watch their antics all morning


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Posted Yesterday, 09:39 PM

Lol they go apeshit over styrofoam hey

Main thing with chickens is they will scratch at anything that can be scratched.
but they will get pecky too especially if they see a grasshopper on your buttons for example.
Yes, Ive had buttons pecked
I would say pointy beaked friends in general do not respect your collection
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Posted Yesterday, 09:47 PM

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Posted Yesterday, 09:50 PM

Uh oh.

That's my first and only thought upon reading the title.
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Posted Yesterday, 09:51 PM

It's roosters you gotta watch out for, theys vicious.

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Posted Yesterday, 09:54 PM

I used to feed torstens killer rooster live mice. chooks are like tiny dinosaurs. quicker than a mousetrap, great protein, grotesque freakshow.


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Posted Today, 06:00 AM

I'd protect them. even if they decide not to eat them they will most likely peck at them to taste them and decide if they are edible



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Posted Today, 11:08 AM

They will eat your trichos Niggles!, probably the buttons too but I can't say for sure.
Had one of my brigdesii(E. lageniformis) pecked right down to the core before a friend caught the little cacti assailant, not sure if he is going to make it.
The cactus that is, the little feathery fiend lives another day and i guess you could say for the best :P, such tasty eggs.

We have 2 awesome chickens but at the moment they only get let out under supervision.
I'm not sure how else to keep them away from the cacti, except maybe fencing.

If the dance works friend you will have to make a youtube vid or something teaching everyone  :lol: 


 


Edited by Stath, Today, 11:14 AM.