What to plant in my run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mlongworth, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. mlongworth

    mlongworth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In the process of building coop and run. I am making a border garden along the inside of my run covered with wire. I figured it would look better than all dirt eventually and give the girls fresh greens everyday. Hopefully the wire does its job and lets them eat what grows out of it without killing the whole plant. I plan to plant chard, lettuce, peas, strawberry, purslane, chickweed, parsley and there is a raspberry in the pen im thinking of leaving. What are some other things that would be good to plant for them? Veggies, herbs, flowers anything you can think of. Thanks.
     
  2. BooksAreNerdy

    BooksAreNerdy Out Of The Brooder

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    This sounds like a really nice idea! Are you just going to put a chicken wire hoop over the plants? I will be interested in hearing how this works out!
     
  3. PostgeStampFarm

    PostgeStampFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    We are also planting veggies around the outside of the chicken yard...our goal is to limit the access from the hens, but rather plant stuff they like and while harvesting, I will toss some over the fence for a treat.
     
  4. mlongworth

    mlongworth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I allready toss them stuff from the garden so I figured this way they could pick what they wanted. I plan to use chicken wire on top. I will update later and let you know how it works.
     
  5. rockinro

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    What a COOL idea! I was planning to do this same thing...like an inside garden covered with wire that they could only eat what grows on the outside of it. If you have any pictures, I would love to see your idea of what you're thinking of.
     
  6. radishgirl

    radishgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    purslane seems hardy enough to come back on its own.
    our birds seem to pick at our kale but leave enough to not kill it.
     
  7. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    I'm planning on seeding a large area of Rye grass this spring for my 6 breeder pens. My runs are about 150 sq feet and I am planning on having an 6x10 or 8x8 place that has 2x4s with wire on top for them to only eat the tips of the grass. They should fertilize it as well. I also give my breeders non salable veggies from the garden. We grow tomatoes, potatoes, peas, green beans, carrots, lettuce, okra, and a few types of melons. Then the 100 hens or so free range the rest of the place!

    Nate
     
  8. mlongworth

    mlongworth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Havent started building yet but I will post pics when we do. Found some really tiny melons in my baker creek catalog maybe I can figure out a way to fit them in a corner or something.
     
  9. BooksAreNerdy

    BooksAreNerdy Out Of The Brooder

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    I wonder if you could so hanging baskets with a vine (beans?) type vegetable. The chickens could only reach the vines that hang low and leave the rest of the plant alone? Or, they pull the baskets down. Or, the roost in the baskets... Not sure WHAT would happen! :)
     
  10. mlongworth

    mlongworth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats an idea might have to try it after i get this one figured out.
     

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