Chickens: predators and prey


Above: garden bed fenced against digging chickens.

Chickens are both predators and prey: you have to protect them from ending up in the belly of a fox, but you also have to protect your garden from your chickens eating whatever is in their sight, or just turning your lovingly made flower bed into a dust bath.

Read more in my latest Mother Earth News post:

“We free range, which of course exacerbates the losses to predators, but the overall pros of free ranging are so evident that I truly believe it’s the only practical way for us to keep chickens. Not only do we save a bundle on feed as our chickens forage and find their own food, but we get the benefit of a pest free yard and can get away with a smaller coop – it’s OK for chickens to be a little crowded some of the time if they mostly have the whole yard to themselves.”


Author: Anna

An Orthodox Jewish wife and mother enjoying a simple life with her family and chickens, somewhere in the hills, in Israel.

3 thoughts on “Chickens: predators and prey”

  1. Anna, I hope you had a great Pesach.

    Have you seen this article?

    Grow Food for Chickens in Your Own Backyard, It may help to keep your precious birds away from your herbs and other food for the house — and this from a city girl (not me. I wish I were in a position to take her advice!).

    Or does your homestead already include clovers, grains or vetches the author there says chickens love?

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    1. Thanks for the link, Chava! I’ll have to check it out. In general we don’t grow anything specifically for the chickens, but they have a lot of space to root around, as well as access to the compost pile.

      Our holidays were busy but good, like every year! It looks better in retrospect 😉


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