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Garden plants that chickens don't like to eat?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Tea S., Aug 4, 2011.

  1. Tea S.

    Tea S. Out Of The Brooder

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    Doing some landscapeing, and I have been letting my chickens have the run of the yard, daily. Now its time to plant beautiful shrubs and such. I found out they will quickly devour decorative grasses. Very funny. Anyone have luck with plants they seem to ignore? or dislike?

    Thanks!

    Tea
     
  2. Tea S.

    Tea S. Out Of The Brooder

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    So far, talking to my chicken friends, they will leave, roses, hosta's , and ferns alone? Can anyone give me more ideas?

    Thanks!

    T
     
  3. stcroixusvi

    stcroixusvi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ours don't eat the rhododendrons.
     
  4. kizanne

    kizanne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are those that say they eat hosta's
     
  5. maclady

    maclady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will also eat roses if you don't treat them with anything. I have a climbing rose that I have to guard when I have them running around. They can stick their heads through the fence and reach several branches which they quickly stripped clean.
     
  6. Tea S.

    Tea S. Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! Guess the ferns are the winner!
     
  7. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry for the late responses...just found this! My chickens snack on the Hostas, but don't eat them down to nubs or anything like that! LOL They leave the Zebra grass alone. You can grow some very lovely tiger lily plants, but you wont get flowers...they eat the buds! Mine don't mess with the Lambs ear plants, probably because they're fuzzy. They couldn't care less about the pink sedum. Actually, I don't think they mess with any of the sedum varieties that I have. I have 2 butterfly bush's and the chickens leave them alone...even the one right outside their coop.

    HTH!
     
  8. goldtopper

    goldtopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That would be me. My once beautiful hosta gardens look like I mowed them over with my Lawnboy.
     
  9. motherhenmindy

    motherhenmindy Out Of The Brooder

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    I love hydrangeas, but apparently so do my chickens. They have also nibbled at our lemon tree, it's not very big, almost killed by the frost last winter, it's recovering but gets pecked at by the girls but sparingly. We have oleander, which I'm told is quite poisonous to humans and chickens. I was very worried about it, but they hide under it all the time, I've never seen them eat it. Oleander in bloom is very beautiful.
     
  10. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Hmmm...wonder why some have trouble with hostas while others don't??? [​IMG] My girls don't touch my hostas.
     

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