1. Austin T

    Austin T Just Hatched

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    I have a question. I did not plan things out well I didn't get anything planted in my pen. I live in Wisconsin and want to plant something good for the birds that will be grown by the end of May, and ideas?
     
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    I plant shrubs and trees for shade outside of my coop and run, instead of inside. If your run is huge compared to the size of your flock, then shrubs might work inside of it. Native non-toxic plants are great. Also viburnums, lilacs, mints, catmint. Any tender plants will never survive in there! Mary
     
  3. mclanea

    mclanea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This year we've planted nasturtium on the outside of their run. It climbs and we've been told it's a good natural de-wormer.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Nasturtium climbs?!


    @Austin T Try grazing frames to grow stuff in the pen for the chickens to eat.

    http://www.thegardencoop.com/blog/2012/02/07/grazing-frames-backyard-chickens/

    1/2" hardware cloth for grass-like leaved plants(sod and grains)
    1 x 2" fencing for larger leaved plants.
    When fresh planting seed I stack a second frame on top until roots are established or they pull the whole plant out.

    I like the one at the top best and am converting the others over.
    Ripped a half inch off the 2x4's and used it to cover mesh edges to avoid cut feet and subsequent infection (bumblefoot).
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  5. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love the idea with nasturtium, the flowers are lovely and I love edible landscaping. I was going to grow some peas outside my run and trail them up the sides, but maybe I'll try adding some nasturtium to the mix as well.
     
  6. Austin T

    Austin T Just Hatched

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    Thx for the advice guys.
     
  7. mclanea

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