Chickens...flowerbeds...question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by superjules75, Nov 7, 2009.

  1. superjules75

    superjules75 Out Of The Brooder

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    I would appreciate advice...

    There are many areas in our yard where my 4 chickens can take dirt baths, but there is one particular bed my DH does NOT want them to go in. Is there anything that can be put in the bed that will keep them out. I know they have a bad sense of smell, so I doubt there is any scent that would work, but I would love to hear if anybody has a tip. Thanks!
     
  2. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Only real way I can think of would be a fence. Maybe someone else will have some other ideas.
     
  3. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it's not a huge area, I'd try pinning down wire on the ground where you don't want them to dust bathe. They can't scratch down into the dirt that way.
     
  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Fences are the only real answer, and the little decorative ones don't work. Mine just hopped over.
     
  5. CityChook

    CityChook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have several flower beds and there are definitely ones that the girls are not allowed to enter. I have to keep an eye out while they're free ranging and if they go into the prohibited flowerbed, I sneak out the side door and spray water at them. It rarely hits them as they see me before I can get the hose aimed, but boy do they run away in a hurry. After a few times of this, they give up and learn to play elsewhere and I don't have to be so vigilant.

    I've seen posts mentioning spraying the plants with grape koolaid.... sounded weird, but inexpensive, so I gave it a try. Obviously, it didn't make an ounce of difference...
     
  6. superjules75

    superjules75 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the tips everybody. I think I'll try spraying them first and then move down the line with all of the suggestions.
     
  7. PeeperKeeper

    PeeperKeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    GIVE UP! [​IMG]
     
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    Julie_A Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Quote:Ditto..i lost all my flowers..gone..dead.. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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