California friendly plants for chicken forage

nilde1019

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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!
 

sumi

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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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