- 05 Jun 2008
Hi we find larger shrubs (larger than the hens) OK in the larger garden beds, Quite a range of small plants the hens don't eat, such as polyanthers and primroses, violas, wallflowers, bluebell, lilly of valley, snowdrops, would get dug up in flower beds, but are ok in the lawn (which gets grazed) or in rockery or cracks between slabs. Round the near end of the lawn we have had to put raised stone slab edging to stop the dears tearing up the edges, and the occasional bit of temporary netting over bits of lawn to deter dust bath creation. But the lawn is manured and (mostly) cut for us and we rarely have to do weeding.
In the chicken run itself hebes were OK for awhile but got poorly and died, but holly bushes and Mahonia survive splendidly! Rosemary is ok too, ours was in a pot. We keep these in areas each side for them to dig in, and the centre area is gravel and the odd slab. A climbing rose did very well too but I moved it because it just grew up and out above the chicken wire roof (anti-fox) of the run and flowered out of sight in the clouds.
Aren't chickens great! I love them.