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So I am a idiot...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by shakecc, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. shakecc

    shakecc In the Brooder

    May 26, 2008
    Central OH
    Last weekend I proudly finished landscaping some limestone lined flowerbeds around the chicken coop and planted some nice hostas and daylilies. (I am sure you know where this is going) The chickens are in their run and do not have access to the new flowerbed. BUT...I do let the chickens out to free range a couple of hours each day. Well much to my surprise when I went out to put them away yesterday guess what was gone...my new hostas. They ate them right down to a few little sprigs sticking up. [​IMG] Fortuantly they must not have liked the daylilies because they were still intact.

    I am still learning to be smarter than my chickens! [​IMG]
  2. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    oh no! my meaties LOVE hosta. but, they kick up and eat all the weeds, so i indulge them.
  3. [​IMG] Funny, but not really funny. If it was be, I'd be bummed, but smarter the next time!! [​IMG]
  4. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

    Aug 29, 2007
    Fayetteville, NC
    Quote:Those chickens were in their roost last night thinking what an awesome mommy you are for planting such great treats for them!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] Live and learn..just like with kids!!
  5. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    Its almost a law that what you plant that you want the chickens to get into the LEAST is what they will love the MOST.
  6. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Eating daylilies isn't a problem at my house. However WALKING on them is. My poor daylilies are sooo trompled that they're flat.

    I only have 3 standards and 1 banty!! [​IMG]
  7. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

  8. tvtaber

    tvtaber Songster

    Aug 2, 2007
    Central CA
    I put jade plant I dug up from another part of the yard in the run, since they do not seem to like it. After a few days in there I guess it starting looking pretyy good becuase they have systematically denuded the poor things and are now eating the stems!

    Actually, when we first got chickens I actually planted morning glories around the run thinking that would be pretty. It took awhile for me to figure out who was eating the sprouts! [​IMG]
  9. BFeathered

    BFeathered Songster

    Aug 29, 2008
    North Texas
    Um... are jade plants toxic? (Unicorn?) I know I was warned about several landscaping options regarding kids/dogs, don't know if it applies to chickens. IMHO, you're not an idiot. But your chickens sure are gourmets!

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