Chicken Proof Plants

Keep in mind that chickens like to scratch, and can uproot small plants. It might be a good idea to make a small fence out of chicken wire to...
By squeakyballs · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
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    Chicken Proof Plants
    This is a list of plants that other BYC members have had success growing in their chicken run. Remember, chickens have different tastes. What works for someone else might not work for you.
    Keep in mind that chickens like to scratch, and can uproot small plants. It might be a good idea to make a small fence out of chicken wire to protect small plants until they are large enough to hold their own, or start with a larger plant.
    Some of these planst are on the Toxic Plant Chart, but, as other BYC members have pointed out, the chickens generally know what plants to avoid. I have yet to hear of a chicken dying from eating a toxic plant.
    Agave
    Aloe
    Bamboo (once established)
    Birds of paradise
    Bleeding hearts
    Boxwood shrubs
    Canna Lilly
    Camellias
    Carnations
    Catnip
    Chives
    Clematis
    Comfrey (mixed results)
    Crinum
    Daffodil
    Duranta
    Day lillies
    Elephant ears
    English ivy
    Evening primrose
    Firebush
    Firestick plant
    Forsythia (mixed results)
    Four o'clock
    Garlic
    Gardenias
    Geranium (mixed results)
    Grass (Fountain, Pampas)
    Golden Rod
    Grape vines
    Hebe (Coed)
    Honeysuckle (mixed results)
    Horseradish
    Heuchera
    Hydrangea
    Laurel
    Lavender
    Lilac
    Mint
    Marigolds
    Morning glory vine
    Narcissus
    Nettles
    Onions
    Oregano
    Passionfruit Vine
    Pentas
    Potato vine (mixed results)
    Pride of Madeira
    Raspberries
    Rosemary
    Rue
    Ruellia brittonian
    Sage
    Salvia
    Senecio cineraria (dusty miller)
    Succulents
    Texas privet
    Thyme
    Tomatoes (mixed results with fruit, most won't eat leaves)
    Turk's cap
    Verbena
    Weeds (mullen, poke)
    Wild rose
    Wire verbena
    Zucchini
    Other Resources:
    GardeNerd
    has a beautiful page with pictures from her very lush chicken yard.
    new chick 203 Has a more cautious take on things.
    Sources:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=394244
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=46871
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=40645
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=46871
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=4858743

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  1. ronott1
    "good article"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Aug 23, 2018
    Nice list of chicken proof plants
  2. Chickencountryuk
    "Good list"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 29, 2018
    It would be nice to point out which ones are meant to be toxic.
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  1. BeckyB.
    I love gardening with pretty flowers, so I really appreciate this list. My hens have nibbled and scratched around my hostas and heucheras, but not enough to leave them for dead. In general, any plant I have with fresh dirt surrounding it is in danger of being scratched up, so I often put a circle of rocks around it until it is established.
  2. alexa009
    I didn't know zucchini was chicken proof.
    1. Melky
      It’s not. But they do not eat it dead. Mine nibble on the leaves but mostly eat around in soil. They can walk thru and break a few stalks but since there are so many, plant still going well.
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  3. BarnDoorClosed
    My hens have eat EVERY hosta in my yard!! Who knew they loved hostas so much??? NOT ME!!! Thankfully they grow back next year and he then there will we some kinda fence so they can get into it. I'll cross my fingers but wont hold my breath ...that they figure out to just jump over the small fence!! Mine are jumpers!
  4. N F C
    Just a heads up...Toxic Plant Chart link doesn't work.
  5. eggthenoodle
    Thanks, I just let them free range and so far so good. We will see.....
  6. Mountain Peeps
    Ginger is very good for chickens and they will eat it
  7. eggthenoodle
    What about ginger?
  8. 12chickenlover3

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