Is there ANY way to keep the chickens out of my flower beds???

LindsaySinai

Chirping
8 Years
Jun 17, 2011
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San Diego
Is there any way of keeping the chickens from digging up and around my flowers besides confining them to their coops or putting up barriers???
 

cobrien

Songster
10 Years
Mar 16, 2009
576
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Oakland, CA
If they are just digging in the beds, you can put stepping stones or other barriers around the flowers to keep them from digging. But if they are eating the flowers, then I don't know of anything you can do to keep them out other than a fence.
 

LindsaySinai

Chirping
8 Years
Jun 17, 2011
178
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San Diego
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I have bark surrounding the flowers and they dig huge holes in the bark and cover the plants with dirt and bark...and have almost completely dug up a few plants.
 

kfacres

Songster
8 Years
Jul 14, 2011
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single, or double wired electric fence works the best... not as noticable and tacky, and doesn't look as shabby as chicken wire strung all over the place. also not as expensive, or perminant as "pretty" fencing.
 

DTRM30

Songster
10 Years
May 25, 2009
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Sorry, no advise here. There must be something they like in there though ...
you may end up putting up fence
 

chickiepie

Chirping
8 Years
Mar 12, 2011
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Bucks County PA
I think you will have to put up a barrier if you want to keep them out. I think the garden is like a smorgasbord for them. I let mine out of their run for an hour or two in the evening, and it seems to minimize the damage, however I did wait til the summer after my plants had established themselves too. I think that keeps them from totally destroying things, but man! They sure do like to EAT!!
 

cobrien

Songster
10 Years
Mar 16, 2009
576
14
141
Oakland, CA
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I have bark surrounding the flowers and they dig huge holes in the bark and cover the plants with dirt and bark...and have almost completely dug up a few plants.

Yes, you'd need to put flagstones or similar down instead of bark. Not gravel, but larger rocks. They won't be able to dig up the roots. But they could still eat the plants if they are tasty.

For many years I had a nice flower bed of deer resistant plants surrounded by rocks, boulders, flagstones etc., and I had bark scattered around the rocks. It held up well despite their abuse. They left most deer resistant plants alone but not all, it took experimenting. Some are poisonous so use your judgment. I've had to protect tasty plants like my veggies and blueberries with fencing. Eventually I planted too many edibles to protect the plants from them, so no more free ranging
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. I plan to get a pasture pen / large tractor for occasional grazing, though. I found that younger chickens are much more destructive as they sample everything over and over before deciding it tastes bad.
 

dainerra

Crowing
9 Years
Jun 4, 2011
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Easiest methid is to lay down some chicken wire then cover that with mulch. Plants can go through, but the birds won't dig
 

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