is there such a thing as chicken proof plants?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by missychicky, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. missychicky

    missychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 10, 2009
    Milwuakie. OR
    I am SICK of looking a my chickens run. It is either mud or dust depending on the season. I really want to put some plants in there. I know the chickens would eat the plants to death but are there any chicken proof plants? Some thing the chickens don't like?
  2. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2008
    Scappoose Oregon
    We are plant nuts so are fairly knowledgable and I'd say not anything you'd want to look at. Between thier abuse and the high nitrogen content of the soil nothing good will survive. A friend built his coop around a fairsized oak tree thinking it would have no issue with the chicken manure and would give his birds shade. In three years the tree was dead.
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2010
  3. Terri O

    Terri O Chillin' With My Peeps

    You might be able to put something in pots with wire around to keep them away from the roots and stems. Then they could only eat what grows out...dont know if that would look much better than dirt though. Any way to make their area bigger so the plants have a better chance? I have a LOT of birds and they can free range over an acre. Only a few patches of places are totally bare. When they have to stay in I throw them trimmings from the garden so they still have that benefit. Terri O
  4. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2008
    Scappoose Oregon
    Quote:Becareful with that, I had a hen actually flyup and drop down into an enclosed plant and get trapped. By the time I found her she'd about destroyedthe planta nd lost a lot of feathers trying to escape.
  5. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    mesh bags spray painted different colors (window screen mesh) around the pot and plant except the stem.

    My birds perch in but do not eat my azalea (which is good because some parts are toxic)
  6. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    I used orange snow fencing & partitioned off part of my run last year, rototilled the heck out of the soil, and sprinkled grew like mad, took maybe 6 weeks, and when I let them back in, it was probably a week and it was all gone. But, it was fun to watch it grow & fun to watch them eat it!
  7. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2009
    Grow tomatoes in chicken proof cylinder cages up to a trellis to drop tomatoes to the chickens till frost. I made mine out of concrete remesh, and then wrapped with finer mesh around to keep the chickens out.
    Trees, if planting in an established run, will need to cage them until large enough, I'd suggest a variety of fruit trees to stagger the free food dropping to the chickens, mulberries in the spring, then stone fruits, then apples, then persimmons (in the Midwest)
    (See my BYC page for the huge Mulberry trees in my run)
  8. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Quote:YES there are!! It's called Plastic!!! But then again, mine eat anything that doesn't eat them!!
  9. Megs

    Megs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2009
    chicken poo is so toxic i dont think much could survive even if they didnt eat it (which they would, lol), we have beautiful oak tree that almost died from being 200 feet away from several large chicke barns (was a chicken farm for years, meat birds), it has taken 15 years to recover.
  10. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2008
    Scappoose Oregon
    It seems to really depend on the chicken load you are putting in your run. A light load would let some trees survive, though I doubt they would thrive with so much nitrogen.

    I have roses and corn planted downhill at the bottom of my run on the outside and some roses are showing over nitrogen stress so I am liming around them regularly. The corn will probably be really tall with few ears at that level of nitrogen overload.

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