I'm new to this site and to chicken ownership and while I've researched most topics concerning chicks (food, etc.), I can't find an answer to what I'm looking for. We've just finished building a large chicken run (30' x 60') that is surrounded by pine trees and oaks so there is plenty of shade and sun for the chicks and lots of mulch. I want to landscape around the chicken wire fence as well as inside the run where there aren't any trees, bushes, etc. I would like to give the chicks something to get under to get out of the sun and away from the daily hawks and eagles that fly over. Right now they are currently using their old pens and dog kennels. I would like to add plants that the chicks like to eat so that I don't have to let them out as much to free range because we have so many predators here in the woods around us. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I'm kind of thinking about a small, edible garden inside the run with bushes and trees for permanent placement. I don't mind replanting things they like to eat. BUT...I also want to be careful not to plant things that may poison them. I know some plants are poisonous like Oleander but don't know what might just be bad for chickens. Anyway - any pointers one way or the other would be much appreciated. I don't want to cover all of the wire fencing with vines because then I wouldn't be able to watch the chicks from my bench on other side. And going out to watch the chicks several times a day has been my stess reliever. But, right now it all looks pretty bare - maybe because it's the only clear spot on our property. Everything else is covered with something growing. Down here in So. La. we get several inches of rain a day and summers that never end. Thanks for any help.