I would like to plant a small tree or shrub inside my chicken run. It is a small run. I have 9 hens but I am trying to 2 give away- said they would take them months ago...but havent yet! There is little shade for several hours/day plus there are hawks visiting lately and i think the girls need cover. Additionally it would be a lovely tree over time. My yard is small for my house and keeping the yard as pretty as I can is important to me. I attached a photo of the tree i was thinking of. In the ground it will be about 5" with low branches only a few inches from the ground- so it will be months before they can "use it". I figure I would have to contain the tree in 1/4 inch hardware cloth for a few months to protect the roots and leaves. By that time it will be fall. Right now I have our old xmas tree as a stand in for shade and cover. The local sparrows love the dead tree but the hens seem to have outgrown it - only one can fit under it at a time. it is a temporary fix. I also built a sort of teepee which 1-2 can use at a time.