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post #11 of 15

Well, let me share this with you.....I have hostas in the front yard...in a flower bed near the house, and this year, my hens discovered the hostas.....I heard a funny noise, looked outside and there they were, hens all lined up like my hostas were a salad bar or something.  Unfortunately, my hostas looked like crap all year long.  Chickens LOVE hostas.  And they're fine......apparently hostas are NOT poisonous.  tongue

Currently keeping a flock of 14 chickens, one rooster and 13 hens.  I have three Easter Eggers, three Golden Buffs, two Marans and six Buff Brahmas.  My hobbies are gardening, chicken keeping, and beekeeping.  I'm married with two sons, a step son and daughter, and two really cute grandkids!
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Currently keeping a flock of 14 chickens, one rooster and 13 hens.  I have three Easter Eggers, three Golden Buffs, two Marans and six Buff Brahmas.  My hobbies are gardening, chicken keeping, and beekeeping.  I'm married with two sons, a step son and daughter, and two really cute grandkids!
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post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by Dragonfly99 

I'm thinking about planting some hostas and other perennials around the outside of my chicken run.  Are hostas okay for chickens to eat?  The plants will be on the outside of the fence, but they still might be able to reach some leaves, so I don't want to plant something unsafe for them.

Any suggestions for other chicken-safe plants would be great! 

Thanks!


My chickens eat hostas, but not all varieties. It's strange. Some they chew to the ground and others they're not the least bit tempted to nibble on. Strange little buggers. I guess they're safe to eat b/c they're all still alive these many months later.

post #13 of 15

I did peas which grew up a little trellis inside and then grew across the top to provide some shade.  By the time they died back, my neighbor's pumpkin vine had covered the pen, again, providing nice shade!  My gals love tomatoes, raspberries.  Sunflowers are a cute idea, and then feed the flower heads to the gals once they dry.

post #14 of 15

Hostas are totally edible even by us! I also recommend purslane. Also edible by us (yummy). It is considered an invasive weed so bear that in mind before you plant it! :)

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Protect your hens from frisky roosters and other hens! Covers raw areas helping it heal - our better tougher chicken apron at chickenarmor.com only $2.50 each shipped! No sewing to fray, no elastic to fail, no clasps to get pecked on! Just hose clean!

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post #15 of 15

Sounds like what my girls did to my sweet potatoes.  Grrrr.  Hubby was supposed to be watching them.  I don't know how people have gardens and chickens.  Mine eat EVERYTHING except the mint and the chives, but they dig up the roots looking for other treats

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