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I'm curious about the wire topped boxes - walking on them doesn't hurt their feet or cause bumblefoot after a period of time?
Only if they were to walk on it constantly. Most will decided it's uncomfortable on their feet and stay off it. I like to do several small "plots" so they can access it from all sides without walking on it.

As far as other plantings go, here is a list of chicken safe plants. It even lists the zones for most of them.http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/safe-plants

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post #32 of 38

thx - the smaller plots sound like an excellent idea! :)

 

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Only if they were to walk on it constantly. Most will decided it's uncomfortable on their feet and stay off it. I like to do several small "plots" so they can access it from all sides without walking on it.

As far as other plantings go, here is a list of chicken safe plants. It even lists the zones for most of them.http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/safe-plants
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post #33 of 38

something to think about:  try planting edibles that help the chickens with parasites.  spearmint, wormwood, citronella plants.       You can also plant blackberries on the outside of the run which will climb and give shade and give the birds fresh berries.   I would try to find the thorn-less type.    Climbing vegetable plants like green beans or asparagus beens also will provide shade, climb and will give you and the chickens vegetables if you plant them on the outside of the run or coupe.  My Rhode Island Reds  keep the bugs out of my garden and sometimes will share the green beans and tomatoes but as long as the plants are established won't tear up the plants.  (except my Rooster that is a feathered rototiller whom is not allowed in the garden except before planting time).

 

They will stand on them and pick at them, sometimes eat them all so you might be lucky and get large plants.  otherwise buy double, plant the seconds in buckets outside of the fence to grow large then bring those inside so the plants can drape over the bucket side but the chickens won't be able to tear them up.  it will give them more growing time and if the winter is sever there and they tend to stay indoors you can put the plants indoors as well to keep them from dying off but the chickens can have access to them in the coop.     Good luck.

post #34 of 38

Here are a few bushes/trees that are ideal for shelter:

  • Currants, blueberries, raspberries and feijoas.
  • Hebes
  • Orchard Trees (Apple, plums ect.)
  • Conifers or pine trees
  • Hazelnuts
  • Bamboo (using clumping forms)
  • Tagasaste/Tree lucerne
  • Hawthorn and barberry

 

Edibles you can grow for your poultry:

  • Kale/silverbeet/spinach
  • Chicory
  • Comfrey
  • Lemon Balm
  • Wheat sprouts
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Clover
  • Lots of herbs

 

Some toxic plants:

  • Avocado
  • Box
  • Sorrel, fathen, oxalis
  • Kowhai
  • lily of the valley, oleander
  • Black nightshade, green poatatoes
  • rhubarb
  • Parsnip, parsley, and celery
post #35 of 38
I planted an apple tree next to my run and put a peach tree on the other side of my yard last year hoping the provide some sweet treats for them next year and some shade it gets hit here in Texas
post #36 of 38
Sunflowers took over my run last year. I had cut flowers in the house all the time. It was great and pretty. Plenty of places hide and pretty flowers.

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Writer of the blog Knitting with Olof where I regularly talk about my 5 chickens and trying to live a simpler life.

 

Buff my Buff Orpington

Mathilda my Australorp

Lady Gaga my Polish 

Chipmunk my Cream Legbar

Crow my Black Ameraucana 

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post #37 of 38

Here's a cool article on growing grass in a chicken run-http://www.thegardencoop.com/blog/2012/02/07/grazing-frames-backyard-chickens/- I would love to try this one day

post #38 of 38

Plant what ever seeds you want. Put a small wire mesh box over the area, about 4 6" high. The chickens will eat anything coming through the mess, but they want be able to destroy the plants.

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