The chickens had previously been fenced out of my personal garden with some simple bird netting that I purchased. The chickens finally learned to fly over this and even ripped holes in the netting (or maybe a raccoon ripped holes in the netting). Either way they were getting in the garden. After I gave up on most of the garden I just took the netting down. I have peppers, okra, and one pumpkin left. I am protecting the pumpkin by fencing them off from it, but they are free to roam around the rest of the patch. This week they have grown a taste for the leaves on the pepper plants, even the jalapenos. They have stripped the majority of the leaves off the plants. I took some jalapeños and cut them up and removed the seeds. I put the seeds in a squirt bottle with water and sprayed the leaves. I am hoping this will prevent the chickens from eating the eggs. If it works I will post it here. I am doubtful that it will especially with a day of rain.
Erich is an avid gardener who has his own home garden consisting of annual vegetable crops and as many perennial fruit plants he can possibly plant, runs a church sponsored community garden, tends his chickens and a rabbit, enjoys experimenting with growing techniques and living more sustainably.