keeping mulch in the flower beds

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by starkist72, Apr 18, 2016.

  1. starkist72

    starkist72 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 10, 2014
    my husband would prefer a manicured lawn and gardens. my chickens feel otherwise. currently they throw the mulch out of the flower bed daily and trample his edging, and we all agree it's not as pretty as it was before chickens. we're looking for an alternative.

    we almost did rocks, but he's just not excited about it, we have a lot of gardens, we already have a rock garden. I looked into rolls of rubber mulch. it's just not the same.

    then i came across this:
    This family ran wire fencing under a thin layer of mulch to deter scratching. This would be ideal, the mulch look and smell he loves, less scratching and thrown mulch everywhere.

    Has anyone tired this with success?
  2. FridayYet

    FridayYet Innocent Bystander

    Mar 3, 2011
    The Land of Enchantment
    Hi Starkist.

    I haven't tried the wire idea, but it seems like it would protect your plants but wouldn't stop the hens from scratching out the mulch. For me, I like to have a chicken area and a people area with a small fence to keep the two areas separate. That way the chickens can roam their area, and I can still have clean, poop-free areas. Of course, I can always let the chickens into the other side of the yard when I'm out there to supervise.

    Good luck!
  3. KrisCVT

    KrisCVT Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 6, 2015
    Central Massachusetts
    My hubby has the same concerns....very particular about how the yard looks. We are experimenting with VERY hard and deep edging...he just re-dug the edges around all the flower beds this weekend....maybe 10 inches deep? So far so good but no new mulch put down yet, but the dirt and old mulch doesn't get kicked out into the yard as badly as before. Fingers crossed.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I think that would make it very hard to work in the garden, especially if it is a perennial garden.

    Torn up gardens, deep holes, dead turf grasses, poop where Romance meets Reality for novice chicken keepers.

    Pretty yards and chickens don't really mix, despite the plethora of photos that abound on the net and book covers.
    Either keep chickens and pretty yards separate or greatly restrict the time birds are allowed in pretty yard......
    ......and beware of the use of any chemical fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides, pesticides near where chickens roam.
  5. starkist72

    starkist72 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 10, 2014
    Please let me know how this works!

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