Gardening with chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by KingSpeck, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. KingSpeck

    KingSpeck In the Brooder

    Nov 10, 2009
    I'm just looking ahead to next spring and was wondering what plants (perennials/shrubs) you have found to be fairly chicken-proof. This was our first summer with our girls and not much made it in our yard. The majority of my flowers are in my front yard away from them but it would be nice to to have a few things out back. I'm in the mountains of N.C. probably a zone 7. Thanks.

  2. TheCoopers

    TheCoopers si amoureux

    Sep 16, 2009
    We have yucca's in various spots and they do not bother them of course.
    When we let the chickens out to free range they enjoy the yucca areas for dirt baths and also hiding when the guinea or roo alerts to something not being right.
    So the yucca serves 2 purposes for us.
  3. GooseGirl

    GooseGirl In the Brooder

    Oct 6, 2009
    Well, I have to say how surprised I was at the destruction the chickens can do. As far as what did well, the zinnias, compacta hollies and other assorted hollies, and salvias were still standing at the end of the summer. I did notice that anything mulched with compost would be nearly dug up. They LOVE rose bushes, azeleas, rose of sharon, trumpet plants and any vegtable plant. Now, the girls free ranging is curtailed to give things a chance to recover. I live in deep east texas and I think all these things would do ok where you are.[​IMG]
  4. lngrid

    lngrid Songster

    I've been wondering about this, too. Would it be a good idea to make up a list of landscape and garden plants chickens tend not to eat and have a sticky somewhere?

  5. rhoda_bruce

    rhoda_bruce Songster

    Aug 19, 2009
    Cut Off, LA
    They used to leave my Iris' and lilys alone. I have a vegetable garden and I use them with it, but for an entirely different reason than you are mentioning. I pasture them to do my weeding. I love not needing a lawnmower.
  6. The Zoo

    The Zoo Songster

    May 13, 2009
    Hayward, CA
    Mine never ate my penstemon. Of course I have now built them a completely separate chicken run so they can't get to the backyard any more.
  7. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    About the only things that survive the "chicken attack" in my backyard are the iris and mints.

    I have a fair number of mints and except for some scratching around at their roots, they are all in fairly good shape. These are herbs but there are lots of ornamentals in this family. Mint Family, Wikimedia As with you KingSpeck, most of my flowers are in the front yard and otherwise out of reach for the chickens.

    One thing that helps limit the scratching and the roots and soil is a stone mulch. Your plants can grow between stones of about grapefruit size and be safe from uprooting. If you have questions about whether a rock can be turned over by one of your laying hens - go bigger rather than smaller. It's surprising what they can kick around the yard.

    The Easy Garden has a Gardening With Animals forum with questions and answers about chickens.


  8. TarzantheChickenMan

    TarzantheChickenMan Songster

    Oct 1, 2009
    Guthrie, MN
    my birds smoked my wifes glads once and a while they maul a host otherwise they dont seem to eat much anything else once and a while they maul a hosta
  9. chookchick

    chookchick Songster

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    Look on the web and find a list of "deer resistant plants". I think you will find that these are ones that chickens will not touch, as this has been discussed in the past. They don't taste good, or are slightly poisonous, many smell strong. If you want to grow anything else, like a vegetable garden, you will have to fence it off. Little devils....but better than deer!

  10. thefishery

    thefishery Songster

    Oct 19, 2009
    Quote:do they not eat your veggies?

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