can you keep herbs and/or flowering plants in the coop/run area?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by rynanne, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. rynanne

    rynanne Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 27, 2011
    Hi! I was just wondering if you can keep herbs and other plants in the coop area or the run area, or will they chow down and kill those too? Thought it might give them something to peck around and maybe some bugs to eat.

    also, i was told that diatomacious earth is a good thing to keep around because of mites. where would i find such a beast?

    thanks so much!
  2. chickendales

    chickendales Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2011
    the eat any greens in there run
  3. rynanne

    rynanne Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 27, 2011
    are there any greens/herbs that are good for them, that I could use several different planters to keep a rotation going?
  4. wyododge

    wyododge Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 30, 2011
    Herbs are pretty benign. Ours don't seem to like dill, they do like basil and don't touch the marigolds. I have never seen them eat the green onions (wife knows the name of those things I don't). They pick bugs off the roses but don't eat the plants. if you find something that grasshoppers like you'll have friends for life.

    As a rule of thumb I would say if you use it to cook or make tea, the'll be fine. I would just plant what you like to look at. Maybe you'll come across a coon repeller.

    Check local feed stores for de. has a list of distributors on their website.
  5. Chickangel79

    Chickangel79 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 16, 2010
    United Kingdom Suffolk
    Ours won't eat the herb garden but destroyed it pretty well but dirt bathing all over it !!
  6. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    They love grass. You could rotate planting areas with winter rye grass -- grows fast and is sold widely as an inexpensive cover crop. Of course you have to keep them off the planted area til it grows or they will eat the seed. Some people sprout seeds for their chickens. Wheat grass is a favorite.

    You can even make small frames with screen on top so they can nip off the tops of the leaves but the plant itself lives longer, to make more leaves. I've seen a few of these scattered around a run, to keep them in greens.

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