How do I keep hens and chicks alive?

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I am new to gardening, and people keep telling me they spread like wildfire. How do I contain them where I want them? If they do get away from me, are they hard to stop? I just got them yesterday, and put them in my old wheel barrow that has a few drainage holes. I also watered them real well like the lady who gave them to me said.

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  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 06, 2017
    I don't know much about keeping Chickens but, You will need to make a Pen using Chicken Wire and Stakes. They will also need a Henhouse to go for safety if predators come within it. Hope someone with more knowledge can give you more information. If you can - Get a book on the subject as soon as you can.
  • Patricia Patricia on Aug 06, 2017
    Just had to laugh when I read this!! John, I believe Kelly is referring to an invasive ground cover plant called Hens and Chicks. Did enjoy the much needed laugh though, thank you!
  • Sarah Sota Sarah Sota on Aug 06, 2017
    You chose a wonderful plant to start gardening with. They are very hardy. Just water when they haven't had rain for a couple of weeks. You will love the way they spread slowly. Looks like a momma hen with little chicks in a circle about her. When the chicks get about the size of a quarter, it is time to cut them off(next to Hen) and either plant or share them. They are slow multiplying so allow a couple of years to share. The root system is very shallow so they are easy to dig.....enjoy and if you are real lucky, one might bloom for you!
  • Sarah Sota Sarah Sota on Aug 06, 2017
    Latin name is sempervivum....kind of star like, low to ground, various colors.
  • Florida Beachpotato Florida Beachpotato on Aug 06, 2017
    See how to built a nesting coop on YouTube.
  • Nancy Nancy on Aug 06, 2017
    she is referring to plants...not animals! Lol
  • Kat22277442 Kat22277442 on Aug 06, 2017
    hi, Hens and chicks are in the family of succulent plants and they do not require a lot of watering at all, better to just leave the watering of them to mother nature otherwise they can get too soggy and they will rot. if in a container like you say, an old wheelbarrel, always make sure it has enough drainage for this reason alone. They take a couple of years to multiply, so patience is a virtue with them. The post about the fence and stakes cracked me up, obviously not familiar with the plant. Good Luck
  • Semper Fi Semper Fi on Aug 06, 2017
    mesh chicken wire with small pcs. of lumber ,metal poles to hold up fence mesh
  • Semper Fi Semper Fi on Aug 06, 2017
    yea that one question needed further clarification !!
  • Holly Kinchlea-Brown Holly Kinchlea-Brown on Aug 06, 2017
    If you plant them in a planter instead of in the ground, you can contain them that way...they do not require a whole lot of soil, so almost anything goes...I planted mine in a very shallow cement birdbath
  • Kelly Roxanne Logsdon Kelly Roxanne Logsdon on Aug 07, 2017
    thank you all so much. I will keep you posted.
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 07, 2017
    Oh! you didn't say in your question. You are using the Commonly used name for the plant. They will be fine in the wheel barrow. If they fall out, you can pick them up. sorry if I took you at your word. Folks do think you have Xray eyes and can also see what they are thinking, when they ask questions
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