Do chickens eat roses?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by spuetz07, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. spuetz07

    spuetz07 In the Brooder

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    I planted a new rose bush yesterday without even researching whether my chickens will go for it or not....so far so good.....will this last?
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Mine strip the leaves off any rosebush at their level.
     
  3. beefy

    beefy Flamingo Daddy-o

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    mine dont. they do like to lounge under them tho.
     
  4. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    Mine will eat anything that doesn't eat them first. I think that their motto is, "the prettier and more expensive the plant, the tastier the treat."
     
  5. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Mine destroyed a climbing rose that was about a foot high. [​IMG] I'm going to have to ask my friend for another start of hers.
     
  6. chunky_ficken

    chunky_ficken In the Brooder

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    Mine were dining on some rose petals today.
     
  7. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

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    They LOVE rose petals, geranium petals... let's see what else... they really are little pigs.
     
  8. beefy

    beefy Flamingo Daddy-o

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    weird-i have a lot of roses.
    they are most assuredly intolerant of geraniums and impatiens tho!
     
  9. CityChook

    CityChook Songster

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    Mine leave the roses alone. Most of mine are cold-hardy shrub roses. Maybe not as sweet as tea roses?

    Now hosta, that's a different story.
     
  10. Bard's Rock!

    Bard's Rock! Songster

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    We have some wild roses thsat hang over the north fence and mine love to pluck the petals from the blossoms. It is comical to see them jump flat footed to get the petals. Oh, and peony (peonies?) petals, too.
     
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2009

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