planting for chickens

genabeana

In the Brooder
10 Years
Feb 19, 2009
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Hendersonville, TN
Hi! I noticed that the chickens love to scurry into shrubbery and scratch, sleep, and hang out in the bushes/low hanging tree's, etc. Does anyone have any preference or knowledge of good shrubbery or plants to cultivate for a chicken habitat? I have a yard for them about the size of a 4 car garage and have 5 chickens. Should I plant edibles like corn? Any particular plants a favorite?

Thanks, as always!
 

Sillystunt

Master of the Silly
11 Years
Jul 11, 2008
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Winter Haven, FL
gessh mie eat everything! Drives me nuts and had to make them NON free range chickens.


I know there is a list of poisonous plants on here. Try searching it~
 

Jetlander

In the Brooder
10 Years
Feb 16, 2009
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Spokane, Washington
One word... THORNY CACTUSES! O.K. that's two words, but you get the point. My wife curses the chickens in one breath, because of their destructive tendencies and then talks about how funny they are in the next.
 

CMV

Flock Mistress
10 Years
Apr 15, 2009
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Forget plantings- anything you want them to eat they won't, and anything you don't want them to eat they will. One thing my birds love is the mulch. They love to scratch in it, dust bathe in it, roll in it. Skip plantings and just give them a nice thick bed of mulch to play in, and they will be happy.
 

thebritt

Songster
10 Years
Mar 5, 2009
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Humboldt County
I came across a couple flats of wheat grass, and boy did the chickens that don't get to roam (cat snack sized sebrights) LOVE that! The flats lasted at least a week each, just water it occasionally. The little coop (about 12'X12') has a dirt floor, so the grass seemed pretty happy - until it got munched!
 

sherrydeanne

Songster
10 Years
Mar 3, 2009
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At my computer, where are you?
I have an acre where my chicks forage and they all end up under my lilac bushes. The folliage is thick enough that it's just dirt underneath and the leaves are low enough that they feel secure (I reckon).
 

simplyscrambled

Songster
10 Years
Mar 29, 2009
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I have a big ole' grape vine with untasty grapes with seeds, that grows amok near my coop. The girls LOVE to eat the leaves, and wait until they find the grapes under them! If you can protect it until it gets established, that might work! However, I only have 3 girls that free range in the late afternoon.
 

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