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Chicken pasture gate brick stop

home made pasture gate brick stop

It seems like old chimney bricks have hundreds of uses.

I wedged these together between the 2 gate posts of the chicken pasture in an effort to discourage Lucy from trying to dig her way under in order to help herself to any future scraps that might get tossed that way.

Luckily she fully understands that chickens themselves are off limits. It's just the delicious food scraps that bring out the bad girl in her.

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It can be good to pave a few feet on either side of the gate with bricks, too.

Gates are high traffic areas, so they tend to end up bare and muddy. Paving makes them a bit tidier and less of a slip hazard. It also makes them even more secure against burrowing/digging predators.

Comment by Darren (Green Change) Mon Apr 26 21:23:11 2010
Good point --- that area's already starting to look a bit bare. I might spread some wood chips or creek gravel there. So far, in our three and a half years on the farm, we haven't had any predator problems --- I hope Lucy keeps doing her job!
Comment by anna Tue Apr 27 07:26:07 2010

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