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Non-Poisonous & Chicken Proof Plants

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Brian, Mar 23, 2008.

  1. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Quote:You have to have heavy support for it. So if your runs are made with pipe or 4x4 posts you should be ok. Just don't plant it anywhere you have pipes underground. For some reason these and willows are fond of getting into pipes.
     
  2. dreamgirl

    dreamgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine love to hang out on/in/under, but not eat, pines, forsythia, wild rose (actually they like to nibble this which I think is great to watch and helps keep it pruned), and rohdedendrun (sp?).
     
  3. Cheryl

    Cheryl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Looking at the list...I have Clematis and Hydrangea in my yard...should I transplant them or will the chickens know not to eat them?
     
  4. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * Sundance?? Might wanna check your area's 'unwelcome' species lists b/f going for that wisteria. I know that last time I was in areas of NC it's about as welcome as kudzu & REALLY taking over the place. :|
     
  5. Brian

    Brian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    On the website that lists plants that are poisonous to chickens, I do not see Photinia (fraiser), and yet, regular websites list it as highly toxic. Does anyone here have the plant on their property, and have you had any problems with your birds?

    Brian
     
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  6. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

    Dec 21, 2007
    my chickens dont eat our bleeding hearts for some reason...
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  7. Brian

    Brian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It's listed as toxic to chickens. I had the same thought [​IMG]
     
  8. Brian

    Brian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You know...so many plants I want that I look up, are toxic! Wisteria, honeysuckle, etc. I'm wondering if chickens just avoid these plants. Surely there are yards filled with toxic plants that have chickens running freely about. Chives: GT irritant! Onions: ditto! Any thoughts on this?

    Before reading about onions just now, I reflected on this morning when I brought out some kitchen scraps for the girls. They left the onion alone...no interest in it.

    Ornamental Grasses: I like a lot of these, especially Purple Fountain Grass. BUT...can I add some to the run without it being reduced to stubble?

    Brian
     
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  9. dreamgirl

    dreamgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lilac is another I have that they leave alone, as well as lavender, thyme and sage. The bleeding hearts they don't eat, but they were a little to fragile for the "power dusting" that went on and the stalks kept breaking.
     
  10. Cheryl

    Cheryl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:any thoughts at all?
     

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