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Chickens decimated my strawberrys

avantra Posts: 1,327 Forumite
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My wife forgot to shut the chickens enclosure gate this morning and they were left to their own to play in the garden all day:eek:

When I came back tonight I found that my big five wooden boxes with the established strawberrys were completely decimated.

They took the plant tops off (the leaves) and dag around in the compost. The plant roots are still firmly in the ground.

Do you think I have a chance of having any strobes comes next summer?

I am so pizzedoff :mad:
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    ALIBOBSY Posts: 4,527 Forumite
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    Our chooks always do the same,but this time of year the SB's die back anyway and they save you the job of clearing the dead leaves.
    Last year mine came back really well-think all the chooks ahem droppings as they chook about seem to do the plants good lol.

    TBH this time of year we let them out over the beds as they give them a good clear out and dig over and the established plants seem to be ok, but our garden isn't that tidy at the best of times lol.

    ali x
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    My chooks are keen gardeners and have eaten all of the rhubarb leaves again. There is nothing to be seen. Same last year and it grew again this year.

    Cabbages however:(
  • angelavdavis
    You might lose a couple but I think they will recover. Just ensure the roots are well covered. They should die back quite a bit over winter anyway. I have just cut back all the dead or brown foliage off mine. I don't know where you live, but you can always lay fleece over them if you are concerned but I don't think you need be. Your chooks probably found lots of snail and slugs overwintering in the leaves so have done a good clearing job there too!
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