The Plant Vegetation

Two chickens are running around in stinging nettle.
It is important to offer our chickens a run that contains proper hiding places.

Chickens don’t like wide open spaces without shelter. The fear of open areas originates genetically from wild chickens and is logical: On free areas the danger from an attack by birds of prey is particularly high.

The Plant Growth in the Chicken Run

A compost heap is perfect in the garden, chickens love to look for food in it or to scratch in it. Please note, however, that the compost heap should be fenced in, because otherwise the contents of it will soon be spread around in your entire garden.

Further design possibilities for the chicken run would be turned down wheelbarrows for hiding, hedges, shrubs, bushes or a stack of wood. There are no limits to your creativity. Shrubs with berry growth are an advantage and form a great wind and sun protection. Raspberries, blackberries, currants, blackthorn and rowan are an excellent food supplement to your regular chicken feed. Apart from that, insects are increasingly found on such shrubs.

If you need to replant your plants, it is best to protect the roots with a wire or stones so that your chickens don’t pick your roots. You should keep them away for at least two months after replanting.

Are there Plants that are Poisonous to Chickens?

Some green plants in the garden.
The green vegetation in the chicken run can be various.

And should I then remove them from my chicken coop?

We also did research on these questions and the answer was almost always the same:
Chickens know which plants are poisonous to them and which are not. If there is a sufficient supply of food, chickens generally do not attack poisonous plants on their own.

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