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Planting a chicken run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ktg 100, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. ktg 100

    ktg 100 In the Brooder

    May 3, 2013
    I have a small enough run with six hens in it, In bad weather it is rather exposed to rain, not so much
    wind. I was wondering if any bushes etc would grow in the run and give it some shelter and some
    features in the run. If so what type would be recommended.

  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Anything that will thrive in your climate...but.....you might have to put chicken wire around it until it grows big enough for the chickens not to scratch it up.....even when large they may scratch around the bottom enough to kill it.

    Shelter from rain might be better achieved by a solid roof, especially in a small run, and will add protection from airborne predators.
  3. ktg 100

    ktg 100 In the Brooder

    May 3, 2013
    Would there be any soil mixture or fertilizer I could use to help
    it grow or a sure it's survival.
  4. mpruett

    mpruett In the Brooder

    Dec 4, 2011
    Check with your local County Extension Agent for advice on what to plant in your area and what type of soil amendments you will need. Planting in a chicken run is a great idea. It will provide more shade for your hens..
  5. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    It would be much easier to plant right outside the run, up against the run edge.

    This way the chickens can eat whatever plant parts grow into the run, but will not be able to kill the plant.

    So, as long as what you plant isn't poisonous, plant whatever you like.
  6. ktg 100

    ktg 100 In the Brooder

    May 3, 2013
    That's a great idea but the problem with planting outside the run for me is that
    the chicken run is in the corner of a paddock occupied by sheep or cattle most of the
    time and they'll eat and trample anything unless it's a tree.
  7. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    Without knowing where you live it would be difficult to make suggestions. Also, is your run open on top, or covered? That might influence options too. I agree with what others have noted, use locally adapted plants; your local County Cooperative Extension office can help with that. Having said that, here is a nice little list of plants that other BYC members have successfully grown in their chicken runs. I have grapes growing up through and over my chicken run.

  8. ktg 100

    ktg 100 In the Brooder

    May 3, 2013
    Oh and it's not too warm where I live
    It's about 2-6C in the winter and 19-25C in the summer
    so tropical plants are not an option.
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2014

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