Plants you can plant around the run + a few starting pics of coop.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by starless825, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. starless825

    starless825 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 9, 2009
    Portland area
    I live in the city so I have neighbors next door. Anyways the run is about 2-4 feet away from the fence line, so I want to plant some sort of bushes directly around the run just be kind to my neighbors etc. I don't want them being bothered or smelling poop etc (although we have neighbors with dogs - who don't clean up the poop - which smells 10X worse than chickens in my opinion... But we all know how people feel about chickens. Our town doesn't say chickens are okay, but they go by as long as no one complains about them they look the other way). What type of bush or plant would be a good idea? suggestions?

    Also for our coop we are turning an old shed used for rabbits/guinea pigs into a chicken coop. It already has a run, but the run is on cement and we figured the chickens would rather have dirt/grass so we're doing to cut a hole in back wall and have a run that goes out into some dirt/grass.

  2. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Hi and Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    What state do you live in? I ask only because it will help us to help you decide what type of plantings will work best for you.

    We went our property so I haven't done any permant type planting around our main run but I do plant peas, tomatoes, green beans, sunflowers and various kitchen herbs along the south side of our main run.

    Hope this is some help!

  3. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2009
    Northern California
    You should get a plant with a strong fragrance if you're worried about the smell. Butterfly Bushes smell amazing, and they're very strong. Don't know if they grow in your area though.
  4. Happy Chicken Mama

    Happy Chicken Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2007
    Gardenias are great... my chickens don't pick at them and the have lovely flowers!
  5. lunatic

    lunatic Out Of The Brooder

    Jasmine and honeysuckle also smell great. :) Just gotta keep the chickies from pullling it out before it can grow though. [​IMG]
  6. starless825

    starless825 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 9, 2009
    Portland area
    I live in Oregon. Mild-ish winters (though this past year was crazy!) and lots of rain!

    Thanks for the suggestions every one!
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2009
  7. Brelansmama

    Brelansmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 24, 2009
    McMinnville, Oregon
    Maybe daphne for scent, and an evergreen clematis(climbing plant) for year-round green...both those thrive in my yard, I'm 1 hour south of Portland.
  8. lilchick

    lilchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Williamsport In.
    Evergreen shrubs are great. they will not eat them.. Any type of bush that stays green all year round is worth a try...
    I have lilacs also but they jump up and eat leaves off of them...
  9. SophieLain127

    SophieLain127 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2009
    I was thinking about butterfly bushes to border mine. they come in lots of different colors and are just beautiful especially covered in butterflies....

    I read somewhere that clematis is toxic to them. Just be sure to double check all the plants you put with them. [​IMG]
  10. Aero

    Aero Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 9, 2009
    Portland, OR
    Butterfly bushes are pretty and attract butterflies, but are an invasive problem in Oregon because they are such quick growing/spreading plants and they choke out natives along the waterways. You are not supposed to even put their clippings in the green waste recycle. But they still sell it everywhere and no one would say boo to you for planting it, but it is a problem.

    I love honey suckle, my jasmine smells good but doesn't thrive unless it's planted against a wall to retain heat and stop breezes circulating and cooling the plant. I planted mint inside the run. Normally invasive but I figured the ladies will eat it back as fast as it can grow.

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