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Designing my run (Plants)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MVFoodForest, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. MVFoodForest

    MVFoodForest Hatching

    Jan 29, 2012
    I'm currently working on designing my bird pen for planting . We recently purchased our property and the formal owners raised exotic game birds . There are approx 50 individual shelter & runs which I plant to open up so there will be less but will be bigger and then a 50'x105' large open pen which is the area I will be planting . I will have a few breeds of chickens ,about a dozen of each breed . So I will rotate birds to have access to the large pen , so there will never be a huge number of birds in that area so not to overwhelm .

    So this is what I was thinking .

    Crabapple tree x 1
    Plum Tree x 1
    Elderberry x 1
    Blueberry x 3
    Bloody Dock
    Queen Annes Lace
    Swiss Chard
    Bee Balm
    Maximillian Sunflowers
    White Clover
    Horse Pasture mix in the open areas

    What do you think ? Okay anything you would take out ? Add ?

  2. Brahmamama4

    Brahmamama4 In the Brooder

    Apr 18, 2010
    I'm assuming that you are going to be protecting each plant so that it doesn't get devoured by your chickens? They will reak havoc even in small numbers on any yummy (or not yummy) plants. It sounds like you have a dream set up as far as ready made pens for your birds though. Good luck with your flock!
  3. MVFoodForest

    MVFoodForest Hatching

    Jan 29, 2012
    I've chosen plants that are edible to supplement their diet , also why only a small number will be allowed in the pen at a time . I want them to eat just not totally destroy . Their individual runs are of adaquet size alone , this is just extra .
  4. tweetysvoice

    tweetysvoice Songster

    Dec 30, 2011
    Lawrence, KS
    My Coop
    I think all of those sound great!!! You might want to provide "boxes" over them with chicken wire coverage so the plants have a chance to grow up some and set down good roots before you allow the chickens access. This way they'll last a lot longer and give more enjoyment to the chicks harvesting them :) Have you thought about wheat grass as well? It's cheap to buy wheat berries at a health food store and it grows quick. This might provide them with greens until the other plants become situated.
  5. MVFoodForest

    MVFoodForest Hatching

    Jan 29, 2012
    I'm not really going to have them loose in that area till the plants are established . The wheat grass is a good idea thanks .
  6. Carols Clucks

    Carols Clucks Songster

    Oct 13, 2010
    Your Chard and blueberries will probably not last the first day. The clover might get a couple of days, ours will not alfalfa, not sure about your sunflower, if it can get up high enough so they don't eat it will be okay. They do not eat feverfew, pretty sure the comfrey
    goes fast too. Nasturtiums they leave alone. The rest not sure.

    I would plant more trees, but protect them til they get tall enough so they do not strip the trees of new leaves.

    We screen them off from new trees and keep them out of the companion flower beds until they are big enough that the chickens don't dig up.

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