Keeping chickens out of flowers

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Kaisermock, Jun 21, 2016.

  1. Kaisermock

    Kaisermock New Egg

    Jun 20, 2016
    Hello all

    I am new to raising chickens i got 6 isa reds the beginning of the year. They are fully free range during the day. My question is is there a way to keep them from digging up and eating the flowers without using the obvious solution of chicken fencing?
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] I'm afraid not. Flower beds is irresistible for hens as it's a source of bugs and other food, easy dust baths, shelter etc. Fencing is the only way you're going to keep them out.
  3. Kim Z

    Kim Z Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2014
    Madbury, New Hampshire
    I have found that I can have nice landscaping OR free ranging hens. Not both. [​IMG]
  4. I have the little garden fences around some of my flowers. For the most part it keeps them out of the flowers.
  5. SueT

    SueT Chicken Obsessed

    May 27, 2015
    SW MO
    I don't have small flower plants but I have a vegetable garden. I put plastic mesh fencing over or around small plants, but take it off when the plants are big enuf not to get trampled. The hens eat the bugs, aerate the soil around the plants, and leave a bit of fertilizer. It has been a win win situation.
  6. Rock Home Isle

    Rock Home Isle Chillin' With My Peeps


    Here is a solid book on maintaining plants and chickens together. I've used information in the book when planting around our home.
  7. Kaisermock

    Kaisermock New Egg

    Jun 20, 2016
    Thank you all for the responses

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