I wanted to run an idea by everyone to get a few opinions. I have about a 1/2 acre fenced in area that consists of raised beds, fruit trees, various berries and grape vines. I had a few issues with birds eating my vegetables and berries last year. I also noticed what were probably groundhogs, squirrel, and rabbit foot prints in my beds. I couldn?t seem to find any holes in the fencing and holes in the ground. Since my chickens don?t dig holes and scurry through/under fences I was thinking of perhaps moving my chickens inside the fencing to kind of scare/deter any other birds, groundhogs, and/or rabbits from eating my food. I would have to protect the raised beds, berry bushes, and vines from the chickens but I figure this might be easier than stopping the birds, squirrels, ground hogs, and rabbits. Do you think the chickens might keep away these critters? Also might they eat some of the insects and bugs before they get to my plants? My coop is very portable but my flock are layers so they can get up on the raised beds, which means I would have to use another sort of netting to protect the plants. I have used netting against the birds and somehow they could still get to the plants. What isn?t planted or mulched inside the fencing is grass so the flock should have oppurtunities for foraging even with the raised beds and berries off limits. I was also thinking the scratching and chicken poop could help the soil fertility for the following year. What does everyone think? Would something as simple as this work or am I just dreaming up ideas on a long winter"s night? If not can anyone offer any other suggestions? Thanks!