Can I plant azaleas around my run?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Adventurefamily5, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. Adventurefamily5

    Adventurefamily5 In the Brooder

    Sep 19, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
    We put in a coop and run in suburbia... and we need to camouflage it some. We decided on planting azaleas around the edges, but when I got home, I read that they are poisonous. I also read that the chickens are smart enough to know they shouldn't eat it. Anyone have experience? Thanks for your help!
  2. hencrazy

    hencrazy Songster

    Mar 5, 2009
    I wouldn't count on your chickens being smart enough not to eat it. If you're going to plant them make sure they are far enough from the run so your chickens can't reach the leaves. Also make sure to keep them pruned on the side facing the run.
  3. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    I have oleanders that are highly poisionous and I see the chickens peck on them all the time. Haven't lost one yet!! [​IMG] And I refuse to give up my oleanders!! [​IMG] I'm planning on rooting a bunch of gardenias this spring and planting them all around my coop!! Also read a thread recently about where someone said they have luck with bamboo staying alive in the coop. Wanna give that a go. A neighbor of mine has the clumping kind not the one that takes over everything!!
  4. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Poisonous may be an advantage, may keep them from eating them extensively enough to kill the plant. There have got to be lots of free range chickens and azaleas near each other in my area since we have so many of both. The problem may be keeping them off the young plants long enough to get them established, although for the most part my chickens leave my shrubs alone, except to scratch at the base for bugs.
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia ~Delight yourself in the Lord~

    I planted a mini azalea in a half wiskey barrel thinking naw they won't mess with this, well turns out it's a favorite hang out so sure enough they started to snack, so I ended up putting chicken wire around it so they couldn't perch on the barrel, They must not have too much of a problem with it because they did eat some of the leaves. I find my chickens will eat just about anything green or at least try it.
  6. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I have azaleas and blackberry inside my I've chicken wired them off until they get bigger though. My girls do pick through the azaleas around the house landscaping when they're out and about, but haven't decimated them.
  7. Nursecole

    Nursecole Hatching

    Mar 18, 2014
    Martinsville (South) VA
    What happens to the chickens that eat the azaleas? Could it make them shed intestinal lining??

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