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Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by foxhollow, Jul 17, 2008.
The wood chips is a good idea. I cant think of anything right now. I'll look and see what I can find on the internet
Thank you! I've been 'googling' for ideas as well but nothing has jumped out at me just yet.
Scott maybe some kind of rock garden or decorative stones would work in that area.
I live in the country and I consider my chickens my lawn ornaments.
Why not plant some kind of shrub like azalea or lilac, maple shrub, etc? It will give cover to the hens and be kind of like a screen for your neighbors.
As far as keeping it pretty on your own side, others may have better ideas. If I had a limited area, I would control their "grazing" by using portable fencing or paddocks of some kind. Reliming & reseeding after they leave an area & not letting them denude the area before moving them.
It would be interesting to see a list of "chicken proof" plants!
My chickens shred any perennials they come across so skip the flowers . We have a bed along our gravel drive that is all bushes with mulch on the ground. They do scratch in the mulch, but they don't go crazy. They really like to hide and nap under the bushes, though! And they don't bother the foliage. It was planted here before we moved in so I don't know what they are exactly.
Somewhat of a happy ending..
Called McMurray this morning and explained what happened with the eggs. They were very cool about it and gave me 50% credit, which I immediately used to buy Jersey Giant chicks..
I have always had good dealing with McMurray. Even though I don't buy birds from them any more, I still buy a lot of supplies through them. They have always been easy to work with every time.
If you were to plant perennials or shrubs or trees, you will need to put wire down all around the plants to stop them from scratching the roots to heck. Laying down hardware cloth, then mulching over that might protect plants. Honestly, I think the easiest thing would be to make raised beds 1-foot or more high, and use large planters to fill in areas and cover the naked areas the chickens go in. Put down mulch or even compost or grass clippings to let them scratch through in the paths between the beds and planters, it will attract goodies for them to eat and you don't have to worry about mowing as much between. You could also put some veggie in those raised beds that they would enjoy eating from later in the season, if you like that idea. Raised beds can have chicken wire mini-fences put around the top to keep the birds out too. I think that is the safest approach to having plants and chickens together.
My DH sent me a text on his way to work. He saw a mink/weasel (???) just down the gravel drive near some CRP land that attracts a lot of animals (which is great, but don't care so much for the predators it draws). Ugh! I promptly put the dog outside for protection.