Is there a Mulch that Chickens DON'T like? Look what they did!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LeftAtAlbuquerque, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. LeftAtAlbuquerque

    LeftAtAlbuquerque Out Of The Brooder

    My 6 girls free range most of the time in my 1/3 acre backyard. Unfortunately their favorite spot is this small spot which we landscaped BEFORE we had the girls. There must be something in the dirt there that they've taken a liking to, because we go through this EVERY DAY........ they dig it up, I put it back, they dig it up, I put it back........... is there any kind of mulch that they really don't like? It's not like they don't have enough other spots that they could dig up!
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I'm guessing it's not the mulch itself but what's under it. It's a self serve buffet [​IMG] I think the only thing you can do is either fence it off, or try covering the ground with something they can't move like large rocks, etc. My birds scratch through everything--hay, straw, horse manure, wood chips, grass clippings, leaf piles. Thinking about it, I don't know if they scratch in areas with lava rock [​IMG] Good luck, it's usually either chickens OR landscaping, not both.
  3. Carols Clucks

    Carols Clucks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 13, 2010
    You might want to pick a better spot for them to dig in, grab a shovel and start a hole and they will probably come help you
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I used to spend 20 minutes raking bark nuggets every time my older girls free ranged. Ugh.
  5. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    A mulched bed is chicken heaven.

    That rubber tire mulch might not appeal to them, but I wouldn't use it myself. I can't think of anything organic that the birds would not happily scratch up looking for lunch.
  6. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    Double post.
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2010
  7. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I even changed to the larger, bark mulch, not the shredded kind. Well, that looks even messier when the chickens get through with it EVERY SINGLE DAY.

    I was just trying to fill in an old, useless, concrete surrounded "garden bed" that absolutely could not grow anything. Whoever built it either didn't do it for plants or they were .. I dunno... on drugs or sumpin. So I put bark mulch there and stuck some cute little metal chicken figurines in for whimsy.

    The bark chunks get scattered as far away as two or three feet, sometimes. The metal chickens end up on their sides. I may end up putting big, heavy, round ROCKS in there and that's it.
  8. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Gravel or smooth river stones - the only type of "mulch" that chickens do not care for.
  9. Rozzie

    Rozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Gravel of some sort. The bigger the chunks of gravel, the less likely they are to scratch there. Little pea sized gravel may be another story, though. [​IMG]

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