California friendly plants for chicken forage

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by nilde1019, Sep 27, 2014.

  1. nilde1019

    nilde1019 New Egg

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    Hello folks!

    So I am in the process of relandscaping my backyard and would like to plant some shrubs that can serve as forage for my hens. As many of you know, California is experiencing a serious drought so in addition to watering with my new greywater system, I'd like to focus on putting plants that are native to California and/or drought tolerant. I found this really cool website that lists Arizona natives and other drought tolerant plants: http://www.harvestingrainwater.com/tucson-az-plant-lists/plants-for-chickens-in-tucson-arizona/. The Wolfberry, Desert Hackberry and Quail Brush seem to be particularly good for hens, but I wanted to see if there were some California natives that can also be a great source of food for my girls. The area is a 90 square foot slight incline on the south side of my house.

    Looking forward to suggestions!
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    We have some active CA threads here where you can meet locals and neighbours and ask for help, I don't know which part of CA you live in, so I'll link both threads here:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/25/california-northern/0_30
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/161/california-southern/0_30

    In addition, here are some articles on chickens and gardening that may help you some as well:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-proof-garden
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/plants-chickens-dont-eat
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-proof-plants

    Enjoy the site and good luck with the new gardening project!
     

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