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I want some flowers in my yard to brighten in up this year. Last year my chickens ate all of the ones i planted. any suggestions on good flowers to plant that my birds wont eat? 

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I want some flowers in my yard to brighten in up this year. Last year my chickens ate all of the ones i planted. any suggestions on good flowers to plant that my birds wont eat? 


   I don't have suggestions on kinds of flowers, but I do have decorative barrels around my yard and plant in them.  Sometimes the chickens hop up into them, but often they get ignored. 

     You can also get low decorative fencing (12-18" high) inexpensively  and put your flowers inside them.

     I do have plants that attract butterflies, like butterfly plants, bee balm, trumpet vines, and the chickens seem to mostly leave them alone, but nothing is 100%

   (Except my one little sheltie, who if I chase chickens from the flower bed, thinks that's his signal for him to put them in their coop.  :D )

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They will eat most everything. The best thing you could do if you want to keep the flowers out of the beaks is to use pots and watch the chickens closely. Now the other option would be a bed that you can put netting over or fencing around. I have to watch mine like a hawk lol.

 

I have flower beds and chickens and find the 2 need to be kept apart. What mine wont eat they scratch up. If you can get plants that are tall enough they cannot eat all of it.

 

I have Rose of Sharon and they seem to survive ok. They bloom a lot with large flowers so are showy. Sunflowers also bloom a lot and are tall as well as coming in a multitude of colors these days.

 

Make sure whatever you plant is not toxic to chickens just in case. (I lost a hen to a tiny ground cover plant that turned out to be highly toxic)

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Roses?  Once established, they wouldn't be able to get to the blooms and I can't image the woody stems would be that enticing.  BUT they can still dig up the roots.

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Roses, hydrangeas and irises all seem to do well.

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    The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.                          Robert Baden-Powell

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye. H. Jackson Brown, Jr. 

 

  Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.'

      Erich fromm



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What ever they don't eat, they will dig up.

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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so far jasmine vine and bamboo have been the only things to survive their digging scratching and pecking.  they leave my rosemary bush alone too.  i'm thinking larger rose bushes might work too...

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