is there such a thing a chicken proof plants?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by missychicky, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. missychicky

    missychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am SICK of looking a my chickens run. It is either mud or dust depending on the season. I really want to put some plants in there. I know the chickens would eat the plants to death but are there any chicken proof plants? Something the chickens don't like?
     
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  2. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

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    I don't know about what a chicken wouldn't eat, but mine would play with it or mash it.....
     
  3. rosaline

    rosaline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Normally if the chickens dont eat the plants it is becouse they are poisenous ( sorry about the spelling) What about plastic plants [​IMG]
     
  4. Khyree

    Khyree Out Of The Brooder

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    my chickens won't touch mint plants... and they tend to leave my other really strongly flavored herbs (like sage and rosemary) alone as well... but is there enough room in the run for them? my little ones can destroy a patch of grass like no body's business... now that they have the whole backyard things are good... i'd search the website for that subject as i think there have been several conversations about good plants that chickens aren't as fond of destroying/eating...
     
  5. urban dreamer

    urban dreamer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Catus? [​IMG]
     
  6. CalebtheChicken

    CalebtheChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They'd proubly find away to eat one of those to... [​IMG]
    Mine ate a tistle bush that grew in their lot [​IMG]
     
  7. MrsStephan

    MrsStephan Out Of The Brooder

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    Junipers? They smell strongly, are prickly and taste bad. My chickens seem to leave most of the pines and junipers alone. You would probably want to put chicken wire cages around anything you plant to keep them from experimenting. I use metal tent stakes to hold them down. Seems to be working with the chickens and the rest of the wild life around here bent on eating everything.
     
  8. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Mine eat everything. I have even seen them eating young pine trees.
     
  9. windtryst

    windtryst Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The best thing I ever did was cover the run...no more mud! Put things for them to climb on like branches, straw bales... but plants, they will peck & scratch it to death...also give them some shade. Can you let them out from time to time?
     
  10. TwilightMom

    TwilightMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine won't eat the oleanders or the tomato plants (thankfully). Everything else gets eaten. Oh, they don't eat my butterfly bush or fully established roses either. They like the new growth on my new rose bush though.
     

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