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I'm not sure where to place this so feel free to move it.

 

I'd like to plant a bunch of shrubs to give my chooks more hiding places (since they love the few we have). I was wondering if any of these shouldn't be planted within pecking distance of the chooks?

 

Blue Moon Wisteria
Mock Orange
Dwarf Josse Reblooming Lilac
Pink Weigela
Mixed Butterfly Bush

 

Thank you!

post #2 of 6
Lilac, weigela, and butterfly bush are okay.

Wisteria and mock orange are toxic.
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Thread Starter 

Thank you so much!

post #4 of 6

Here's a list of stuff plants / trees that are toxic to chickens

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/627282/comprehensive-list-of-poisonous-plants-and-trees

 

Hope it helps

 

CT

Nairobi, Kenya
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post #5 of 6

You'll have to protect the plants from the chooks until they are well established, they'll try to eat them and/or scratch around the roots and kill the plant.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #6 of 6

I have a Pee Gee Hydrangea that the chickens love to hide under, but haven't been able to damage. I've never seen them try to eat it and it's been around for years without any apparent ill affects. 

Proud mother to a wonderful Min Pin/Pomeranian mix, a Chihuahua/American Eskimo mix, 3 cats, 3 rats, & numerous fish. Chickens- 4 Easter Eggers, 3 Ameraucanas (2 blue, 1 black), 1 Buff Orpington, 1 Lavender Orpington, 1 Barred Plymouth Rock, 1 Black Copper Maran, 1 Rhode Island Red, 1 Delaware and 1 Speckled Sussex.    
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Proud mother to a wonderful Min Pin/Pomeranian mix, a Chihuahua/American Eskimo mix, 3 cats, 3 rats, & numerous fish. Chickens- 4 Easter Eggers, 3 Ameraucanas (2 blue, 1 black), 1 Buff Orpington, 1 Lavender Orpington, 1 Barred Plymouth Rock, 1 Black Copper Maran, 1 Rhode Island Red, 1 Delaware and 1 Speckled Sussex.    
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