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AHH! How to keep the chickens from eating my hostas?

post #1 of 12
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I'm going to have no hostas this year apparently.  sad  is there any way at all to keep them from eating them short of locking them up and not letting them out ever?  I dont want to do that...  or do I just suck it up and realize I'll never have hostas again.

 2 Cinnamon Queens, 3 Silkies, 1 dominiques, 2 black sex links, 2 EE's, 1 blue marans, and 1 RIR cross. 2 golden comets, 2 buff laced polish, 1 cuckoo marans, 2 mixed, 1 speckled sussex, and 2 khaki campbell ducks!
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 2 Cinnamon Queens, 3 Silkies, 1 dominiques, 2 black sex links, 2 EE's, 1 blue marans, and 1 RIR cross. 2 golden comets, 2 buff laced polish, 1 cuckoo marans, 2 mixed, 1 speckled sussex, and 2 khaki campbell ducks!
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post #2 of 12

Fence in your chickens or fence in your hosta.. those are your only options.

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I prefer an ugly truth to a pretty lie. If someone is telling me the truth that is when i will give my heart. ~ Jack Nicholson 

Look! A ladder!! Maybe it leads to heaven, or a sandwich... 

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post #3 of 12

I fenced in my hostas. And my bleeding heart. And my epimedium. Good luck.

Used to be just 3, but chicken math has happened here at Casa Kerfluffle.
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Used to be just 3, but chicken math has happened here at Casa Kerfluffle.
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post #4 of 12

I gave them alternative targets.  Mmm... chard... Yummy!!!  droolin

They like pretty much all dark leafy greens.  You could try planting a good sized patch while they're locked up.  Maybe it will save your hostas when they get out again.

post #5 of 12
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See, they have plenty of clover to eat which they love.  but they can't seem to resist the hosta.  Last year they didn't bother it, this year.... YUM!  grrrrrrr.  I'm going to have to figure out a plan here.

 2 Cinnamon Queens, 3 Silkies, 1 dominiques, 2 black sex links, 2 EE's, 1 blue marans, and 1 RIR cross. 2 golden comets, 2 buff laced polish, 1 cuckoo marans, 2 mixed, 1 speckled sussex, and 2 khaki campbell ducks!
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 2 Cinnamon Queens, 3 Silkies, 1 dominiques, 2 black sex links, 2 EE's, 1 blue marans, and 1 RIR cross. 2 golden comets, 2 buff laced polish, 1 cuckoo marans, 2 mixed, 1 speckled sussex, and 2 khaki campbell ducks!
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post #6 of 12

Right now, I don't let the girls out without supervision and a straw broom!
Unfortunately, unless you put a fence around EVERYTHING, they are going to beat up vegetation.
A good swat with the straw broom on their fluffy fannies sends them squawking and running in the opposite direction!

One Dream Weaver (that would be my awesome spouse) Two Rhode Island Reds, Two Golden Buffs, One stray cat, Five children that have flown the coop and two precious grandsons! Life is VERY good.
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One Dream Weaver (that would be my awesome spouse) Two Rhode Island Reds, Two Golden Buffs, One stray cat, Five children that have flown the coop and two precious grandsons! Life is VERY good.
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post #7 of 12

Bring your hostas into the house?  hu

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"Poultry- they may be your pets, they may be your hobby, they may be your livestock. But remember, if you fall down in the pen, unconscious? They WILL eat you." ~ Sally/Ranchie - we miss you.
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Fowl adventures happening daily       

"Poultry- they may be your pets, they may be your hobby, they may be your livestock. But remember, if you fall down in the pen, unconscious? They WILL eat you." ~ Sally/Ranchie - we miss you.
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post #8 of 12
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BUT, do they learn that the broom means don't go there?  will they learn that?  oooh, I don't know if I could do it, LOL.  I'm a wimp!

 2 Cinnamon Queens, 3 Silkies, 1 dominiques, 2 black sex links, 2 EE's, 1 blue marans, and 1 RIR cross. 2 golden comets, 2 buff laced polish, 1 cuckoo marans, 2 mixed, 1 speckled sussex, and 2 khaki campbell ducks!
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 2 Cinnamon Queens, 3 Silkies, 1 dominiques, 2 black sex links, 2 EE's, 1 blue marans, and 1 RIR cross. 2 golden comets, 2 buff laced polish, 1 cuckoo marans, 2 mixed, 1 speckled sussex, and 2 khaki campbell ducks!
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post #9 of 12

We had to stop letting our girls run free in the yard. They were attacking our hostas, roses, and newly planted veggie garden. We built a porta-run for them, and we put them in it for about an hour each evening so they can still get bugs and grass.

Mom of one awesome 4-year old son and 4 hens. One barred rock, one white rock, one red star, one black star. All hatched between 9/22/09 and 10/20/09 (not the son, just the chickens).
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Mom of one awesome 4-year old son and 4 hens. One barred rock, one white rock, one red star, one black star. All hatched between 9/22/09 and 10/20/09 (not the son, just the chickens).
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post #10 of 12

Chicken wire around them or around anything you don't want them eating.
We have a 27x31 veggie garden with 3 foot chicken wire around it. They are in a run but I let them out at times and have to chase them away from my flower beds, especially the poisonous ones like the Lilly of the valley.

Married, 1 dog, 2 cats, 1 african grey parrot, 1 quaker parrot, 63 chickens.. 23 Easter eggers. 17 Cuckoo Marans, 14 Buff Orpingtons, 4 Cochins & 5 Polish. Owner of a small store and Pol-Billy farm.
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Married, 1 dog, 2 cats, 1 african grey parrot, 1 quaker parrot, 63 chickens.. 23 Easter eggers. 17 Cuckoo Marans, 14 Buff Orpingtons, 4 Cochins & 5 Polish. Owner of a small store and Pol-Billy farm.
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