Planting Flowers?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kelsieann124, Mar 21, 2017.

  1. kelsieann124

    kelsieann124 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am not exactly sure if this is the right place to post this, but there wasn't really a better place so here it goes! We are first timers with raising chickens, and we are going to be moving our chicks into their coop within the next few weeks. The area where we are going to put the coop is also where we previously had a garden. There are still a few flowers planted near where the outside of the coop would be. I would love to continue to have flowers growing outside of the coop ( it gives it a nice touch, and a better smell!) I know there are many flowers to avoid, but are there any that I could plant that the chickens won't want to devour but aren't toxic to them if they did happen to grab one? We live in Arizona as well so they have to do well in heat:/ sorry for such a complicated question!
     
  2. Sophocles

    Sophocles Out Of The Brooder

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    The Learning Center has the following articles on the matter:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/plants-chickens-dont-eat
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-proof-plants

    Do you plan on letting them free range or are they kept in a run? As the first article mentions: if there's nothing else to forage, chickens will destroy virtually any plant.
    I think the most important factor is the amount of space and access to greens the chickens have. I let my bantams free range around my garden and they haven't meaningfully damaged any plants in my garden, close to their coop or no - provided they're developed, seeds and seedlings are a different matter ;) . But I only have 4 and they have a lot of space.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    My birds have access to my daylillies and don't eat them [​IMG]

    Roses would work also, provide some shade as they grow. Trying to think what else I have....I think iris, they don't bother those either.
     
  4. kelsieann124

    kelsieann124 Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay! Well it sounds like I just need to plant something then that's not toxic. If they eat it..... then oh well!:confused:
     

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