Planting in my coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by stone_family3, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are butterfly bushes okay for chickens? What about rose bushes? They're technically going to be on the outside hanging over the run.
     
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Sure! [​IMG]
     
  3. laughing man

    laughing man Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you bet! [​IMG]
     
  4. cpwhip

    cpwhip Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Butterfly bushes thats a great idea!
     
  5. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:This first site lists alfalfa as toxic for chickens?? I give mine alfalfa?? anyone else??
     
  6. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It was mixed in with the hay I bought, they've had access to it for 5 days.
     
  7. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'm confused. Top of the first list of poisonous plants is "alfalfa", yet I've read here that people give their chickens bales of alfalfa as greens in winter, and I was planning on doing same. Does anybody know for sure if alfalfa is harmful to chickens or not?
     
  8. Zonoma

    Zonoma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/plants/toxicagents/saponin.html

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    , the saponin (toxic part) content in alfalfa is lower in the spring, fall, and winter but higher in the summer. Also, there have been cultivars developed that are generally low in saponin. That might be where some confusion is coming in. This site lists symptoms of poisoning. Personally, I stay away from the stuff - there's far too many other things I can give them for greens.
     
  9. Hawkeye95

    Hawkeye95 Chillin' With My Peeps

    you could plant grape vines and honeysuckle, too! It will really grow well over the top and offer up a lot of shade! [​IMG]
     

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