California friendly plants for chicken forage

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

  1. nilde1019

    nilde1019 New Egg

    Sep 26, 2014
    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: 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

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland

    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:

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

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

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