We absolutely love our chickens. They run around the yard all day like little dinosaurs and scratch up our lawn looking for insects, leaving their wonderful fertiliser behind, we get delicious fresh eggs from them (and we know what they were fed) and we love the fact that Sydney is growing up around farm animals. I love the fact that our daughter knows that eggs come from the chickens and not from the store.
We all know that as with most things, good is usually accompanied by bad. Nothing too bad, but if you’re like me you like to streamline your life into as few steps as possible so you have time to take new fun steps and spend your time enjoying things you love instead of a daily grind (which in this case was shooing chickens and cleaning up their poop).
Here’s the bad. Chickens poop everywhere! Not just where you want them to poop (grass, coop, yard etc), the chickens poop on the fence, on the cars, on the porch and the patio. These girls really poop a lot too…especially where they roost. Up until we owned chickens, I thought they only roosted in their coop, but they roost wherever they please when they are tired and once they find a good spot, they go there everyday. Our hens started roosting under our new back deck and pooping EVERYWHERE.
I searched and searched trying to find a way to keep the chickens away without putting up a fence and couldn’t find anything that didn’t involve chemicals or fences. Finally, I found the solution that we are using today on Amazon.com. It is a motion activated sprinkler that fires off short burst of water to scare the chickens away when they walk in front of it. Check out the video I put together showing the effectiveness of the Scarecrow motion activated sprinkler. This thing really saved my back patio. It cost $50 and was well worth every penny.
Check Out The Motion Activated Sprinkler In Action