Plants/Garden ideas for around coop...

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Chocobroc, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. Chocobroc

    Chocobroc Chirping

    Jul 13, 2010
    Eastern, NC
    My coop/run faces west... I would like to plant flowers around it and have a vine of some sort growing up the south side. Is there any best choices? What do I need to stay away from? Any great vining plants that are safe for chicken?? We are having a mums festival this weekend... are mums toxic?? Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions, advice??

    here is a pic of my coop (Yes, I know... the wire isn't the best choice)

  2. Thundrr-Chicken

    Thundrr-Chicken Songster

    Apr 20, 2010
    Dover, Ohio
    i recently planted some edible sunflowers to grow along the side of my run... hoping when the seeds are ready i can just shake them out and feed the chicks with them
  3. kla37

    kla37 Songster

    Apr 18, 2010
    Hillsborough, NC USA
    I'm planning on planting some tall ornamental grasses next to the coop, for a place for them to hide.
  4. UGAchick

    UGAchick Songster

    Mar 7, 2010
    Athens, GA
    I have never tried this (but want to in the spring) - I heard that chickens like hops plants.

  5. BWKatz

    BWKatz Songster

    May 22, 2010
    Honeysuckle and grapesare good.But it takes 3yrs for grapevines to produce grapes, still makes great shade.
  6. Moabite

    Moabite Songster

    Feb 24, 2010
    I got trumpet vines growing around mine. The hens love to eat the tender leaves and it creates a cool shady place in the summer. I'm not sure planting vines is such a good idea though as they can be hard to get rid of if you change your mind.

    How about mint or other herbs?
  7. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

    Aug 4, 2008
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    I say honey suckle is a great climber, and mums should be fine. We're building raised beds around ours and I'm going to plant strawberries. That way if there are some stray runners from the plants I don't have to pull them... the chickens will get them in the run! [​IMG]

    We did pumpkins this fall... and there were several cucumber beetles and squash bugs on the plants... the infestation didn't get too bad, the chicken reach through and got a good bit of them! [​IMG]

  8. Chocobroc

    Chocobroc Chirping

    Jul 13, 2010
    Eastern, NC
    All awesome ideas!!! I was just thinking flowers but fruits are even a better idea. Ooooooo now you all have my mind in a whole other directions... hmmmm i also love the smell of honeysuckles!! I don't expect my coop to get too smelly, but it sure would help [​IMG] THANKS!!!
  9. Naughty

    Naughty Songster

    Apr 10, 2010
    Quote:Mint is supposed to be a natural insect repellent -which is good around a home but you may not want to plant too much around the pen if you want your girls to get some tasty bugs... I love how it makes things smell around my house though!

  10. linben

    linben Songster

    Apr 5, 2010
    Austin, TX
    The newest thing they are putting in the CSA produce shares are sweet potato leaves. Apparently they are edible as a green. They are easy to grown and definitely vine. Morning glories also vine and bloom prettily,but are an annual.
    I just planted some colorful kale next to the coop. Not sure how that is going to work.

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