My neighbor's hens always nibble of our flowering plants and herbs. We've tried fencing and everything yet they still somehow manage to get to the plants. Is there some way to prevent them from eating the plants? A repellent or something that would work?

  • Are the hens fenced or walking around freely? If they are fenced, do they escape or just put their heads through the fence to peck at your flowers?
    – Elmy
    Mar 7, 2019 at 8:37
  • @Elmy they are free, so they just hop over to our side
    – Bella Swan
    Mar 7, 2019 at 10:07
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    What kind of fencing did you try? They generally can't get over high ones.
    – Allison C
    Mar 7, 2019 at 14:42
  • @AllisonC I'm not so sure.. I think I saw a documentary once that implied they might have their ways :D Mar 7, 2019 at 14:45
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    @BellaSwan Apologies.. just a little humor. Mar 11, 2019 at 9:33

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There is a little trick that helps push hens. You can sprinkle the soil and your plants with spices because the spices have a strong smell that can keep hens away. You can make a spice mixture with curry, cinnamon, paprika, black pepper and salt. Garlic powder can also be effective. Another method can also work it consists of spreading lemon peel or even whole piece of lemon on the ground near your plants.

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