Are you tired of wild rabbits and squirrels messing with your garden? I can relate but there was a bigger problem in my space, it was the chickens.
We free range our birds to help with pest control which is wonderful.
But, sometimes they get a little too comfortable and think they can do and eat whatever they want. This type of behavior can lead to destruction in the garden, which can become extremely frustrating.
My husband and I came up with the covered raised as a way to detour small uninvited animals and the chickens. This is a wooden frame that covers and protects what’s growing inside the raised bed.
Keep The Chickens Out
When the chickens wouldn’t give up we knew we had to outsmart them. After they devoured a batch of new plants my patience grew slim and frustration seem to cloud my thoughts.
We had some unwanted chicken runs from a previous project and amazingly enough they were the same size as my raised beds. One afternoon Robert placed a run over one of the beds and said, “Look the chickens can’t eat the vegetables anymore… problem solved.”
These covers were a little heavy, made from 2 x 4’s and chicken wire but they worked which made me very happy.
To lighten the lifting load we added hinges; this made lifting the frame a breeze.
The weight of the frame turned out to be another bonus because it can get really windy here and these frames can withstand just about anything.
The covered raised bed is an awesome compliment to my garden book, Startle Garden.
I offer several additional raised bed ideas in this read and the covered raised bed would be perfect with the smaller beds mentioned, They would also be easier to lift.
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Building Your Own
I don’t have a step by step tutorial but this is a pretty straight forward project. My husband built these runs using eight foot 2 x 4’s boards. Corners were attached with screws and the frame is covered with chicken wire.
Paint or stain the wood before you add the wire because it’s much faster, I would also recommend adding the wire from the inside using a staple gun, it just looks nicer.
If you want a lighter cover go with eight foot 2 x 3’s and cover with deer netting or just build a smaller bed and frame.
The covered raised bed turned out to be a great solution to keeping the chickens out of my beds but it also helps keep wild rabbits, skunks and squirrels out, it’s a winner of a project.
Hope you found my raised bed covers helpful, it’s a great solution with many benefits.
Additional Reader Responses
- Crystelle – I love these Chicken/Garden Covers! Brilliant Idea!!
- Tessa – Thank you – Loved it!
- Sandra – Great Covers, we just started using raised beds last year.
- Lucy – Great idea my chickens get in my raised beds too.
- Cindy – Awesome that they fit right over your raised beds perfectly, just slap some hinges on and viola! Great Job!
- Sparkling – This is a great idea for so many reasons. I want to have chickens and envision making something like these that are portable. I love that you reused them into something even better. With the chicken wire holes there should be plenty of room for pollinators to get in there.
- Marla – What a great idea, this would be perfect for all the varmints and animals. I had a lot of trouble this year with either groundhogs or raccoon. Couldn’t figure out which was eating my plants but trapped 5 raccoon and 3 groundhogs.
- Kathi – I would need these covers with window screen to keep out the grasshoppers