flowers 'N' flower boxes

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by DominiqueLOVES<3Chicks, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. DominiqueLOVES<3Chicks

    DominiqueLOVES<3Chicks Out Of The Brooder

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    How do i build a flower box for my coop?? what kind of flowers are safe for around the rn? How long will it take 5 chickens to eat it?
     
  2. ChickLover98

    ChickLover98 The Chicken Princess

    Apr 24, 2010
    Pennsylvania
    I would put it up high so that the chickens cant get to it! [​IMG]
     
  3. DominiqueLOVES<3Chicks

    DominiqueLOVES<3Chicks Out Of The Brooder

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    no the box would go in the window.... im talking about flowers around the run
     
  4. DominiqueLOVES<3Chicks

    DominiqueLOVES<3Chicks Out Of The Brooder

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    i mean flower box XD how would i put it high?? i mean in the ground around the run...
     
  5. ChickLover98

    ChickLover98 The Chicken Princess

    Apr 24, 2010
    Pennsylvania
    Oh... My chickens dont really eat flowers, but they would eat them fast! You should see them scarf down a bowl of scrambled eggs!
     
  6. ChickLover98

    ChickLover98 The Chicken Princess

    Apr 24, 2010
    Pennsylvania
    Oh... My chickens dont really eat flowers, but they would eat them fast! You should see them scarf down a bowl of scrambled eggs!
     
  7. DominiqueLOVES<3Chicks

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    oh [​IMG] so it wouldnt look nicer for long [​IMG] How do i build a window flower box?
     
  8. alicefelldown

    alicefelldown Looking for a broody

    Aug 18, 2008
    Don't get discouraged! It is entirely possible to have flower (and salad in my case) beds surrounding your coop/run!

    I don't have great pictures, but I do have two planting beds lining my run. My chickens spend about half their time in the run and half outside under the trees, with full access to both planting beds.

    This pen is the 12' x 12' run. Along the entire back side I have a 12' x 2' flower bed, planted with xeriscape (native drought resistant) flowers.

    Along the front of the pen, where the gate is, I have a 6' x 2' salad mix bed. The hen in the picture below is standing in front of it.

    These are not raised beds, which I'm sure would have been even easier to keep looking pretty.

    I lined each bed in that hen-height garden trim fencing. That's all the protection those plants get. For the first couple of weeks, when everything was just sprouts, I did try to be more observant and shoo the hens from the plants. Once they hit half-grown size though, they were on their own. The hens really don't like being trapped behind the fencing, preferring to munch away (on the salad only) from the outside.

    The salad bed was planted for them, and I didn't mind them eating the leaves through either fence. I pick some every day for their snacks.

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    Good luck! It can be done!
     
  9. Iheartchicks<3:)

    Iheartchicks<3:) Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 1, 2010
    Mount Vernon, WA
    oh thanks!!!
     
  10. tasymo

    tasymo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    YES! You CAN have chickens and flowers at the same time!! The secret is abundance. Plant lots, especially flowers that will reseed themselves and perennials that will come back every year. My Girls sample a few here and there, but for the most part, are more interested in eating grass. A dinky garden will get eaten...

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