Chicken proof planting

MamasitaChicka

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I need help! It's finally spring in NH, and I'm looking to get a jump on my yard work/gardening- but my free range chickens are soooo destructive! I only have 6, but they're proficient excavaters. Any suggestions for saving my flower beds (and sanity) while maintaining pastured hens? I have a run in the works, but I'd still like to let them free some.
 

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Welcome to BYC!

Well, when you do figure out how you can accomplish this difficult task, let us all know! My chickens completely destroyed two garden areas a few years ago and STILL nothing is growing out there. LOL

Enjoy your birds and welcome to our flock!
 

Kelsie2290

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Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Ya, chickens are incredible earth movers. I have become fond of rock gardens. You could try electric fence or poultry netting if you don't want permanent fencing.
 

5eggladies

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I have been searching online for plants they won't eat. Even if they don't eat them, they will scratch around the base and kill them, so I put a ring of rocks around each growing thing. Make sure the rocks are at least a lb or so each. This will keep the base of the plant protected against the excavating! I leave a few beds where they can scratch uninhibited. Bottom line: they love digging!
 

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