Which plants WON'T a chicken eat???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by JennsPeeps, May 10, 2009.

  1. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    I've sectioned off a part of my yard to create a "No Chicken Zone" (NCZ). It keeps chickens out of the house, away from the yard, prevents them from eating my veggie garden, and guarantees that the only chicken on the al fresco table is the one I put there.

    For the other half, which *used to* have grass, I'm trying to move plants that are chicken resistant.

    Here's what they've left alone so far:
    *Flowering Quince
    *Day lilies
    *Highland cranberry
    *Ground geraniums
    *Tulips (who would have thunk??)
    *Red twig dogwood

    Other suggestions?
  2. hippichick

    hippichick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2008
    Branch, La
    Very interested in this. I've been looking for plants to plant around my pond in my chicken yard. So far, they've eaten my Azaleas and my Cannas. They nibbled a little on my Iris. They've left alone my Butterfly Bush, Martin's Tea Trea, and small Crepe Myrtle. I've dug up some Plumbago to plant in there tomorrow, so I'll see how that goes. How about Roses? Are they just going to devour those? If so, I won't bother.

  3. swedishfish

    swedishfish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2009
    I have a similar question. I am building a new coop and run next to my garden, and am planning to fence in my garden to let them roam around in after harvest, and maybe find a way to have a Weed Control Patrol without destroying my veggies. So:
    What veggies are bad for chickens?
    Which ones will they leave alone?
    Which veggies could I plant to let the chickens have?
    Does anyone have an idea about how to let the chickens eat the weeds but not my veggies (I was thinking covers kinda like the ones you use to save your plants from frost) or is this impossible?
  4. castlecreekfarm

    castlecreekfarm Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 6, 2009
    Middle TN
    Does anyone know of any vines that they won't eat? I would love to plant some on my coop wire for a little shade.
  5. swedishfish

    swedishfish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2009
    whooo, good idea!
  6. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    What is interesting about your list is that it is so close to a list of "deer resistant" plants. I know well what deer will not eat, as we have several that think they live here, and have devoured everything remotely edible to them. So I would continue on that vein--here are some more possibilities:
    Ornamental grasses--carex, miscanthus, etc...
    Ceanothus--small leaf
    This is a short list--many more can be found on internet lists. I would assume they taste bad, and some are actually poisonous, so they taste bad to all animals.

    ETA--Jasmine, Wisteria and Solanum are listed as deer-resistant. Solanum is poisonous so you might want to keep an eye on that.
    Last edited: May 10, 2009
  7. Majestic Lane Poultry

    Majestic Lane Poultry Heart Strings Animal Rehoming

    Feb 9, 2009
    Daffodils. I am soooo happy to report that they left them alone!
  8. citrusdreams

    citrusdreams Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    They haven't touched my lilac bushes at all [​IMG]
  9. coffeelady3

    coffeelady3 Froths Milk for Hard Cash

    Jun 26, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    Mine won't eat the invasives that I want them to eat! Morning glory, English ivy, blackberries. The little buggers!

    ETA-I have a HUGE lilac bush you can take some cuttings off of, if you would like. My neighbors did and it's growing like gangbusters!
    Last edited: May 11, 2009
  10. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Mine have not eaten any of the shrubs or trees I planted, and did not bother zinnias. But I cannot mulch them as they scratch it out. Roses, willows, poplar, cherry, pine, juniper, and maple were not bothered, of the things I have that might apply in your climate.

    They will wipe out a veggie garden, though, so I fenced it with cheap chicken wire. Nightshade leaves (like tomatoes and eggplants) are supposed to be poisonous to them, but they never bothered my plants, they just ate the fruit....

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