Flower garden annuals that chickens like or don't like?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by wordgirl, May 26, 2010.

  1. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

    Apr 14, 2009
    My Mom is going to replant her garden soon, and asked me to ask all my wonderful friends here at BYC if there were any flowers that chickens especially do or don't like? In particular we were wondering about:

    Moss Rose
    Morning Glories

    We learned last year that they love begonias. [​IMG] Does anyone else have any advice to share with us?


    P.S. I do hope I put this in the right place. [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 28, 2010
  2. Bat Cave Silkies

    Bat Cave Silkies Songster

    Feb 11, 2010
    Bat Cave, NC
    I'm an avid flower gardener~~our whole yard is a flower garden~~but then I fell in love with Silkies. Since we live in the mountains, and most of our land is sloped (which the Silkies can't manage), some of the flowerbeds got fenced in and became Silkie Land. I didn't have time to transplant everything; they WILL NOT eat:roses, daylilys, daffodils, azaleas, camellias; they WILL EAT : astillbe, Jacobs ladder, tear drops. Hope thats some help...
  3. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

    Apr 14, 2009
    Quote:Thank you! That is very good to know. [​IMG]
  4. cybercat

    cybercat Songster

    May 22, 2007
    Greeneville, Tn
    Mine free range so my front they have access too. That is the so called cottage garden. What they have left alone is daylillyes, daffodills, blue flags lilys, rosemary, lavander, roses and my autum ferns. What they have hit my painted ferns, hostas before they came up, catnip and pineapple mint and my sages. They also ate late in season my common plantain. I am still wainting on my laces to come in to see if they go after those. Next year we will be putting a 2 to 3 foot fence up around hostas and fern to protect from early foraging. They hit them so hard i was not sure they would come up but they did. Hostas are amasing for destructive animals. Last year my dog kept digging them up and they came right back. Nothing seems to fase them, neither eating their tops off or uprooting alot.
  5. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

    Apr 14, 2009
    I wonder why ours haven't hit the hostas. They like to dig in the garden, but as far as I've noticed, they haven't bothered the hostas. [​IMG] Maybe ours taste bad. [​IMG]

    Thanks very much, both of you! Does anyone else have any experience to share?
  6. KingSpeck

    KingSpeck In the Brooder

    Nov 10, 2009
    Mine haven't touched my lilacs, chrysanthemums, iris, or butterfly bushes, However, anything that is newly planted needs to be protected or it will just be dug up. I stick a few rocks or bricks around the base of anything I plant till it's rooted in really well.
  7. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

    Apr 14, 2009
    Thank you! Do you know of any annuals that the chickens particularly love or don't like?
  8. BoerneChickens

    BoerneChickens Songster

    Mar 3, 2010
    Boerne, TX
    Does anyone know about how geraniums and jasmine might fare? I planted some near my coop - along with a bean - just to have something climb up the coop - bu the bean got mowed to the ground in one day! So far they haven't venured over to ther geranium/jasmine side but I am wondering if I should try to protect them before the girls find them?
  9. Mine won't eat lantana, elephant ears, mexican petunia, petunias, bacopa, roses, but they do pick on the indian hawthorne bushes.
  10. JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom

    JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom Songster

    Jun 17, 2009
    West Central WI
    I think I have read geraniums are not tasty to anything.

    They can be very destructive just by choosing to build a dust bath in your flowers or garden. I am battling 3 escapee hens who prefer to dig up my landscaping at every opportunity.

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