Planting some plants for your chickens

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Maybe taking a look at the attached link will give you some ideas on what are good treats for chickens:

https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-treat-chart-the-best-treats-for-backyard-chickens

Some of the things on the list that might work well are flowers, lettuce & greens and peas. Check out the list and see what interests you and can be grown in your area.

Some of the things we grow that we share with our girls are tomatoes, squash, peppers (they love the seeds especially), watermelon and blueberries.
 

Garden Peas

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I've been growing pole beans (garden green beans) on the pen wire this summer as a treat for birds -- the birds love to eat both the leaves and any beans that happen to survive...
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I also have a big pot planter full of Swiss chard and I toss in all the ratty or overly large leaves. The chard looks pretty and screens the fence a bit, and the birds love it.

There's lists of toxic plants -- you might want to look through some as you are choosing what to plant.

Good luck!
 

lazy gardener

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If you want a renewable crop which will provide them with high protein feed supplement, plant some comfrey. Be sure you buy a sterile plant, as the seeds can be invasive. check out Coe's Comfrey for low cost plants. I started some about 5 weeks ago, and was very pleased with the vigor of the plant material received. Read up on the plant before ordering any.
 

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Great ideas! As I am new to this whole thing, I could use any advice on keeping happy chickens and this seems to help.
 

pinusresinosa

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Perennial herbs are great for not only food, but for attracting yummy bugs and keeping bad critters away. They also have other healing properties that chickens benefit from.

I would suggest that you fence off the area you want to plant and grow, around the coop with chicken wire of some kind. If your birds are spoiled and free range like mine do, a 2 foot fence seems to work well as there's too much for them to do otherwise on the property for them to figure out how to jump the fence... which has worked here. If they're confined, you might have to go higher. I harvest from garden areas that are fenced off and let the chickens access these areas this time of year once everything dies back. The chickens are really good at scratching up any grasshopper egg casings, beetle larvae, and other things hiding among the plant crowns that I don't want.
 

Indiana feather

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I am considering planting some nasturtium around the edges of my run. They bloom profusely and the leaves are edible so I am figuring that it will attract a lot of insects for the chickens and also pretty up the perimeter of the run as well. Alaska is a variety with variegated leaves.
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