Originally Posted by peastix
Originally Posted by bruceha2000
Some plants that aren't good for them might just be ignored. I think chickens pretty much know what they shouldn't eat. For example, hostas are supposed to be bad. We have several (been there before we owned the place) but the chickens have never touched them (other than to use them for shade). On the other hand there are two variegated ones in the front of the house that the woodchucks chew to the ground. They don't eat the all green ones though.
Unfortunately not eating them doesn't mean they won't trample them or dig up the roots.That's why I suggested baskets and pots for a start off. Planting a shrub or rose in a large pot with a chicken wire ''skirt'' also works.A pot with a wire ''cloche'' also.Just go slowly to start to avoid frustration and disappointment LOL. My chickens for instance didn't read that they weren't supposed to eat agapanthus.
I wasn't referencing the "how to keep chickens out of the flower bed" topic but the "what plants are not safe for them" one.
Originally Posted by Sylvester017
Originally Posted by Roada Red
Well mine must be mentally challenged because I chase them out of the flower beds like 20 times a day and as soon as u let them out they go for them
The trick might be that I use a 2-foot tall and 50-foot long roll of rabbit fencing as a fence/barrier that reminds my hens to stay on "their" side. Sometimes one of the younger hens will try to fly over the barrier or gets spooked and jumps over it but then realizes she's on the "wrong" side and tries desperately to figure how to get back on her own side. I'll gently usher her out or pick her up and put her back on the other side. I usually won't ever have the problem again as the younger hens get accustomed to the barrier. I mean, if you think about it, most chickens can just fly over our backyard fences to get out but they get trained to stay inside the yard by learning from the older hens where the parameters are for foraging. But the little fence roll is something I learned by accident when I saw how the hens came to eventually respect it. My potted containers and raised garden beds are loaded with tempting cucumbers, zucchinis, peppers, tomatoes, lettuces, herbs, and melons, but the chickens respect the 2-foot rabbit fencing and don't cross it. The only chickens that had a problem respecting the barrier were the new juveniles who learned fairly quickly to stay on their own side.
I believe that they will go where they want (and may be trainable to stay out) but often just follow their beaks while they forage so the rabbit fence acts as a guide If there are plenty of "OK" places they don't necessarily feel a need to go to the "Not OK" places. But mine do like shade in the noonday sun so if the only place a chicken has to get out of the sun (besides the coop which mine do NOT use during the day) other than the "not OK" places they will be in there.
Mine have made 2 outside dust bath spots. On near a lilac bush (and yes the small plants there are gone) and one under the picnic table which is over a spot where there is no grass because there was stuff piled there for a couple of years. Other than that, they don't mess in the flower beds other than fall and spring when nothing is growing.