Chicken Proof Garden Idea

I have a small backyard flock of five hens. They're wonderful. They do all sorts of things to improve my soil, assist in composting, eliminate bugs in my back yard and best of all, they produce eggs. But they also like to dig - like, to China. So I've recently run into some issues with letting my chickens loose in the garden. They uproot tender plants and stomp over flowers and generally don't give a crap about how hard I've worked to make my garden grow.

My back yard.

In desperation, I encircled my raised vegetable beds (pictured above) with chicken wire and hardware cloth. But this quick fix, while effective, is ugly and cumbersome to remove when I need to work in the garden. But today, I happened upon THIS post at It's a brilliant and attractive fix.

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