Chicken safe plants for mostly shade?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by savannahchick, Apr 5, 2017.

  1. savannahchick

    savannahchick New Egg

    Mar 26, 2017
    I am adding plants to my chicken run. I know chickens are destructive little fellers but I'd like to add something. The area I will be planting is mostly shade- A LOT of shade. What are some chicken safe plants that can grown in shade?
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
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  3. clothespin

    clothespin Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 17, 2014
    It depends on where you live. Here in south central Texas, the yaupon and scrub oaks were naturally in our large "day spa" run area... And the chickens never eat them. In fact, my husband has to go a couple of times each summer and trim the yaupon back to keep it from getting too big and taking over the run.

    And while not good for shade, we had volunteer tomato plants come up in the coop last year... and the chickens left them alone. They did eat the tomatoes but the plants were fine and grew huge - even without any extra water! This year, we're moving some of the little tomato plants to the garden to see how they do being taken care of! They have to be sturdy to be happy surrounded by chickens.

    But, if you have local growing shade plants - try those. Yaupon works really well here.

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