Discussion in 'Gardening' started by Carols Clucks, Jun 4, 2012.

  1. Carols Clucks

    Carols Clucks Songster

    Oct 13, 2010
    Does anyone know how roses will do in a chicken yard?

    Our hens free range, we have a corner of the orchard people are hopping the fence to steal fruit-maybe eggs too....I am thinking a big antique thorny rose bush is in order.

    Anyone with Roses by their flock?
  2. RedIII

    RedIII Songster

    Nov 30, 2011
    Tooele, Utah
    Hi Carols Clucks. I free range my chicks (ages 1-4 months) around a few large climbing roses in our yard, and I've never had an issue. Actually, my birds love to go under them and scratch around for bugs. Every now and then, someone gets poked by a thorn, but they learn not to back into them [​IMG] I think you'd do okay with some rose bushes in your yard.
  3. texas75563

    texas75563 Songster

    Jan 24, 2012
    Linden, Texas
    I'll 2nd what Red said. Mine scratch all around them looking for bugs and worms. They lay down and take breaks underneath them. If it provides shade, they don't care what it is.
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Mine didn't bother the roses the first year. Then the 2nd year they just about killed them. They are vunerable after you prune them and the red leaves start coming out. They don't bother the leaves too much when they turn green, but they very much like the red leaves.

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