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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...
  1. squeakyballs

    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. N F C
    Just a heads up...Toxic Plant Chart link doesn't work.
  2. eggthenoodle
    Thanks, I just let them free range and so far so good. We will see.....
  3. Mountain Peeps
    Ginger is very good for chickens and they will eat it
  4. eggthenoodle
    What about ginger?
  5. 12chickenlover3

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