BUT there are a few pointers every poultry keeper needs to know...
A small citrus tree it will need to be fenced off from the poultry until it has grown tall enough.
Whether it is planted directly into the ground or in a pot, all citrus needs to be enclosed while small, not just to stop the leaves from being eaten but to also prevent hens from dust bathing directly beneath the tree over the developing root system.
Pelletised citrus fertilisers need to be kept away from poultry so that do not ingest it.
Providing a fenced off area around the tree will still allow the use of commercial pelletised fertilisers.
This applies to ALL types of fruit trees in your yard.
If you prefer to keep using pelletised fertiliser as the trees grow larger, fence only during the appropriate fertilising month/s. Remove fencing after fertiliser is no longer visible after being well watered in.
Citrus in pots
If your hens have access to your potted citrus, then creating barriers WILL be necessary.
The NUMBER #1 reason why your hens will go for your potted plants is because of the soil as a potential new location for a dust bath. No matter what you plant in pots, chickens are more than happy to scratch them out so they can sit.
If a citrus tree happens to be in a pot, then all the more to attack as they love the leaves.
The taller the tree becomes, the less access the hens will have to the leaves.
- Pea Straw, thickly applied
- Sticks, bricks and/or garden ornaments
TIP for bulbs, use a grate or large mesh over pots so that plants can grow through.
Reduce the hens' desire to get into the pots.
Can citrus recover from being stripped of leaves?
An application of SEASOL or POWERFEED will bring it back to leafing.
Take care of the tree as soon as you possibly can to help it recover. If left without leaves for too long it will soon die.
Fence off the attack tree and nurse it back to health.