Will chickens go after house plants?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Seaecho, Mar 20, 2018.

  1. Seaecho

    Seaecho Songster

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    I am considering having one of my chickens as a house pet. But . . . I have a LOT of house plants. Over 100. I know they go after greens outside, so I'm assuming my house plants would be in peril? She's a frizzle, and I know they don't generally fly, but would she jump up about 2.5 feet to get to the plant stand?
     
  2. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

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    They can jump that high, yes. My silkies can manage that easily, and they don't have feathers.

    They'll probably want to eat your house plants.Never having had a house chicken, I can't guarantee one way or the other, but mine like nothing more than a nice salad.

    Maybe you could supply greens on the ground for her? A low patch of spinach in a planter or something?
     
  3. Seaecho

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    I could do that, yes, but am terrified of finding her happily munching on my favorite plants, and making a royal mess of the soil, knocking over pots, etc. Looks like I won't have a house chicken after all . . .sigh.
     
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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Good decision!
     
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  5. lazy gardener

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  6. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    Last year I had four chicks and an aloe vera plant in the house, the chicks shawshanked out of the brooder while I was cutting grass the one thing they decimated was that poor aloe nothing else was touched. So yeah, those plants wouldn't stand a chance. :)
     

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