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Planting A Chicken Garden

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by WRVgirl, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. WRVgirl

    WRVgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm about to build my new chicken run. It's going to be 30'x30' and I was thinking of planting some "chicken safe" plants or maybe some veggies around the outside of the fence.

    1. To help cover up the fact that it's a big, handmade wooden fence structure
    2. So the Chickens have something to eat that's not watermelon and crumble.

    Any suggestions of things that are pretty as well as safe for chickens?
     
  2. BunnyBee

    BunnyBee Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm so glad you asked this, I was actually about to do the same! I've been doing a little research on my own and so far my list contains: Sunflowers, Marigolds, Alfalfa, Clover and a plant called Lucerne. The sunflower seeds are great for protein, the marigolds are apparently incredibly tasty by chicken standards and help give the produced egg yolks a deep gold color, Lucerne has a lot of vitamins and the others I'm sure you know about already =)

    To add my own question, if you don't mind my doing so, are the following berries safe for chickens to eat?
    American Elder, Beautyberry, Winterberry, Wahoo, Staghorn Sumac, Chokeberry and American Cranberry Viburnum
    (These are all trees/shrubbery that grow in my area and produce fruit through the winter and early spring)
     
  3. Drover

    Drover Out Of The Brooder

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    I planted giant sunflowers this year for my chickies. I wanted to save the seedheads and hang them in the coop in the winter- it gives them a fun snack to jump for. It is pretty successful so far, im glad I did it! I would definetly reccomend russian mammoth sunflowers for chicken treats. It gives them great nutrition in the winter too- sunflower seeds have lots of protien.
     
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  4. janinepeters

    janinepeters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Common elderberry - yes, mine love them

    American cranberry viburnum (I assume you mean Viburnum trilobum) - My chickens ignore them, and wild birds eat them only after all the other berries are gone

    Chokeberry, winterberry and staghorn sumac - I don't have these in my yard, so my chx have no access to them, but I know that wild birds eat them, so chickens might like them, too.

    Wahoo - this doesn't grow wild in my area, but its berry is said to be preferred by wild birds, so chickens probably like them, too.

    Chickens also love blueberries.
     
  5. BunnyBee

    BunnyBee Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks so much for your answer!

    I found this pdf file about planting for wild turkeys based on your region (it even tells you which of the recommended plants are native to the area) and I thought it might be helpful. http://www.nwtf.org/conservation/bulletins/bulletin_12.pdf
     
  6. devora

    devora Chillin' With My Peeps

    To the OP--
    Are you planting this outside the run (you said outside the fence)? Do you mean that the chickens would not have constant access to the plants and you would harvest and feed them?
     
  7. WRVgirl

    WRVgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I'll be planting outside the run in an attempt to remove some of the ugly of a plain [most likely very unprofessionally built] fence :)

    I'm just looking for some pretty plants that won't hurt the chickens if they reach through the fencing and chew them up...if I can plant something that they would like to eat, that's even better....
     
  8. bucky52

    bucky52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i planted grape vines.and ordered some hops,they also provide shade.
     
  9. devora

    devora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh, grape vines, that's a lovely idea! Chickens love grapes. If they can get to the vines they'll eat the leaves and the fruit.

    Almost anything you plant should be fine. Birds suicide by plant is pretty rare. :)
     
  10. WRVgirl

    WRVgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's what I figured but it would be my luck to have a kamikaze chicken! lol
     

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