Are there any plants a chicken shouldn't be near?

pmchefsherry

Hatching
7 Years
May 22, 2012
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I love to plant flowers and would like to dress up the outside of my new coups and run. Any suggestions on good flowers that chickens are drawn too and will enjoy? Plus any you'd keep far from them?
 

chfite

Songster
8 Years
Jun 7, 2011
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Taylors, SC
If the chickens have options, they won't eat the bad plants. The bad plants are like anything else, it is how much is eaten. I have tomato plants around my coop and run. The chickens keep them pruned along the fence. I can toss tomatoes into the run for treats. I can take the others for salads.

Herbs seemed to be a good choice around the run, because they are hard to kill once established. But the chickens won't eat them. I guess the flavor is too strong.

Other than the tomatoes, the chickens like the weeds that come up around the area. My run is in a "natural" area covered with mulch and weeds where I don't mow.

Chris
 

JerseyGiantfolk

Crowing
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Jan 12, 2012
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If the chickens have options, they won't eat the bad plants. The bad plants are like anything else, it is how much is eaten. I have tomato plants around my coop and run. The chickens keep them pruned along the fence. I can toss tomatoes into the run for treats. I can take the others for salads.

Herbs seemed to be a good choice around the run, because they are hard to kill once established. But the chickens won't eat them. I guess the flavor is too strong.

Other than the tomatoes, the chickens like the weeds that come up around the area. My run is in a "natural" area covered with mulch and weeds where I don't mow.

Chris
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My chickens eat the rip Deadly Nightshade berries, and devour them, even though they have all the plants in the world in our yard, they choose the deadly nightshade.
No one has died, or got sick.

But I really agree with Chris.
 

devora

Songster
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Apr 9, 2007
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Willits, CA Gateway to the Redwoods
Welcome to BYC!

You want to plant stuff they will enjoy? Almost anything will do, just a warning they will enjoy many things to death.

"Herbs" will not necessarily live thru a chicken festival (try growing some parsley, ugh) but some hardy ones work (rosemary, lavender).

Is your goal to decorate or to feed the chickens?
 

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