Okay so we've upgraded our chicken setup.
we plan on putting garden boxes (boxes with wires) in the chicken run area so they have fresh garden greens this summer, along with some boxes for specifically grasses that they can have (winter growing ones too etc. )...
I want to also put greenery in the run areas so they have shade and that type of things with plants that are safe but they also won't fully destroy them.
during the summer time they get grass cuttings with every mow, plus the compost area we do in their run of the scraps I put in that are chicken safe
our chickens and hastas work to a point they nibble them but walk on them so it breaks them up , so those are out.
I was told butter fly bushes are okay for them, we have two already and if I learn how to get a starting from them that could be an option or buy some specific for them.
I was also told honeysuckle but have to be established, what does that mean and is it accurate?are there any ferns that are safe that they won't destroy in one sitting lol.. I know they are all about digging up anything and everything with scratching, so we plan on butting a stone like perimiter around the base of any scrub/plant we would like to be as a greenery in the runs. We'd prefer yrly plants, i'm the type of person for any plants outside of the garden if they don't come back every year or suppose to I personally feel they are a waste of money plus I'm not that great of a green thumb and do better with yrl plants that do it on their own lol.
I have done some searching on the forum and have found mixed reviews or some old posts. i have figured out that chickens are different and quirky in their own way so why others chickens may not eat mine may lol... they love their leaves in the fall at a specific stage... anyways just want to see if there are any suggestions.. I know there are options to plant outside the runs fencing but for us not an option so say because our girls exp our 5yr old loves to pic the flower and mess with the leaves so they would do the same damage as the chickens, that's why id rather just put in the run and allow the chickens to do all the damages lol.