Choosing Perennials for Chickens

21 Aug

You you have free-range chickens and want to feed your chickens perennials then I would have to say that hostas are a good way to go:


..the friggin chickens love them..much to my chagrin. Personally I would prefer that they stay the hell away from the hostas and all the other plants but without penning them up there is not any other viable solution..I guess it could be worse since we have 20 hostas or so and they only ate 2 of them..the other ones are at the beginning of the driveway which the chickens don’t really know don’t tell them.

Out the other day for a hike on the loop and we are hoping we stumbled onto some coyote poop..we hope coyote but we fear it is bear poop..and berry bear poop at that:


..and the chickens and chicks are all playing nice now..they usually hang out in the same vicinities all day long..with ‘hoder’ being the exception..hoder is about 1/3 the size of the other chicks and has a slightly deformed head from when Ma hen stepped on he seems to have vision loss in one eye…hoder always is about 10 ft away from the others but seems happy and normal.




Gonzo’s chick:


Chickie ( who has benefitted the most since Hoppy more hiding from Hoppy means full foraging:


..and 2 of the 3 chicks..the naked-neck ( or partial naked-neck) was blackbeard ( I was mistaken last month when I thought it was blackbeard who was eaten)..but blackbeard does not appear to be appropriate since the Rhode Island Red parent red color is showing in the ‘beard’…and we think the other is ‘Chickie’s offspring..


..and hoder:



Posted by on August 21, 2012 in Construction


6 responses to “Choosing Perennials for Chickens

  1. kymber

    August 21, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    oh poor little Hoder….is he always off on his own? do none of them mingle with him at all?poor little guy – i feel so sorry for him. bahahahahahahahahahah on the hostas – oh bahahahahahahah! that is some sad-looking hostas you got there! and buddy – that looks like bear poop!

    your friend,

    • eagergridlessbeaver

      August 23, 2012 at 8:15 am, hoder is usually with the others..but being blind in one eye makes hoder paranoid..he always thinks something is sneaking up on him!

      Yeah..the hostas could use some work..or a cage to prevent the chickens from eating them…bear poop..drat…don’t tell A*!

  2. Ron

    August 21, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Chickens seem to specialize in doing exactly what you don’t want them to do… darn birds. I like all of the variety in your flock.

    • eagergridlessbeaver

      August 23, 2012 at 8:18 am

      hehe..yeah. They operate like swarm technology one is smart enough to do (basically) anything..but put 6 together and they will ruin your plants and possibly type out the complete works of William Shakespeare..or was that infinite monkeys?

      Yeah..they are a varied bunch for sure..might introduce a different rooster next year too to mix it up even more..if none of the 3 chicks are roosters that is!

  3. Robin

    August 31, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    How do you keep the chickens from pooping all over the deck or other things you might not want poop on? We have two little RIR who have discovered how to get out of their pen. They are really smart and will pop in and out depending on their mood. We finally filled in the hole they were using but I didn’t want poop all over the back porch. Now I feel guilty because they were so cute running out of their pen and up to our camp chairs every time we sat down with food.

    • eagergridlessbeaver

      September 4, 2012 at 8:11 am

      ..not an easy task..we have the chickens semi-trained to run away when I make a shooshing noise..and Loki does not like the chickens on the deck so they get the general impression..but they still manage to poop on there once or twice a week..we are coming into ‘penned up’ season so it won’t be a problem soon enough..yeah, our chickens come running when we are outside eating but we have learned not to feed them (at all) near the deck..when they get treats I make thier treats noise and they all run to me..which works out better..actually a couple of months ago Gonzo jumped up on my plate when I was eating supper sitting in a lawn chair..since then I don;t encourage the chickens when I am eating! hehe..I feel bad penning the animals too..but it is for their protection and they still get time out for a couple of hours a day..


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