What Kinds Of Flowers Do Chickens Eat?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by BeckyLa, Mar 15, 2007.

  1. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    I am thinking of planting a hummingbird garden in my backyard. But my backyard is also my oegb's run. Will they eat the flowers? Are any of them poisonous if the chickens were to snitch a leaf or two or dead flowers when they fall off? What flowers would you plant to attract hummers?

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  2. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    I've heard that bulbs are poisonous to chickens, but someone will have to confirm that.
    I just have a bunch of humming bird feeders out... I have to have more than one because there is one fat little bird that keeps everyone away from one certain feeder! [​IMG]
    I used to have a hibiscus plant- a big one- that the hummers loved. DH dug it up one day without consulting me first. DOUBLE [​IMG] !!
     
  3. tomlisa

    tomlisa Out Of The Brooder

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    I would try Honey Suckle. The blooming smell is wonderful. It grows quickly, and it comes back every spring. Humming Birds love the blossoms. My girls have not messed with it and it runs along two of our fence lines.
     
  4. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found that my chickens like rose pedals some varieties more than others.[​IMG]
     
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  5. Sharisr32

    Sharisr32 Egg Killer ;)

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    What Kinds Of Flowers Do Chickens Eat?

    I planted last year-- My coop , garden looked good for 6 minutes -- The chickens ate every bloom in sight- My Pops came by and asked why I had planted all the stems ?
    I had begonias , pansies, Lillies --yea it looked really pretty:rolleyes:
     
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  6. Llysse

    Llysse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think Monarda (Bee Balm) is nice. It attracts hummers and butterflies, and it's an herb you can use to make tea with, too. (It's used to flavor Earl Grey tea.) I doubt it would give the chickens any trouble if they nipped it.

    Stay away from Foxglove, though, and Nicotiana. [​IMG]
     
  7. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    Thanks for all the replies!

    Tomlisa, I have honeysuckle growing on one side of the run down at my other coops and my chickens just love it. They keep the inside of the run fence clean and when it grows up over the netting, I cut it off and feed it to them.

    Barnyard Dawg, I have some beautiful roses in my backyard the chickens never bother. But there is one deep red one that Leroy (oegb roo) will jump 3' high to get the petals for his ladies. I finally had to throw some netting over the bush to protect the flowers.

    Lysse, I was thinking of Bee Balm I just wish I knew if they would keep the plant stripped bare so that it wouldn't bloom. Thanks for the tip on the poisonous ones!
     
  8. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:BeckyLa my chickens don't bother my roses either I will pick them and drop the pedals to the grass and they will proceed to eat them, they really like them.
     
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I think flower eating depends on the birds own taste. I have some birds that will eat some flowers and other who prefer the bugs in the dirt. Rose pedals are ignored by my birds though.
     
  10. aznewbe

    aznewbe Out Of The Brooder

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    My birds love appricot blossoms. They eat them as fast as they fall to the ground.
     

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