What can I plant in my chicken run that's safe for the chickens?

What are the safest plants or shrubs, to plant in my chicken run to add some greenery? Without fear of poisoning my birds or then eating the plant? I want to add some colour to the run, but in the safest way possible.

Thanks in advance.


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  • Julanne Sharrow Julanne Sharrow on Mar 19, 2017
    Chickens eat everything! You should have made a run on both sides of the henhouse, then chicks can use one while you plant your garden in the other, then switch the following year....it will be all fertilized! I let mine run the lawn while the garden was growing....open the gate and they can demolish in no time!

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    • Bra16037073 Bra16037073 on Mar 25, 2017
      you got that right,,, mine have free run, and a coop and small yard they never stay in, but since they run, I don't have to weed eat a thing, the weeds used to run up my house and cover the windows, in the back, now it is all cleaned up, around the shed and garage, great looking.... But now I don't know how to get the grass to grow back in the yard, It is a really back yard, and I live by myself, but they are better than a couple of goats and no more paying to have it mowed and weed eated.

  • Oldwestman Oldwestman on Mar 19, 2017
    Sorghum works well but you must let it get started before the chickens are put in the pen. It needs to be at least 12 inches high, plant it in rows and leave about a foot between rows.

  • Mar19155133 Mar19155133 on Mar 21, 2017
    Mine love Wisteria..~!!!

  • Cat Cat on Mar 21, 2017
    herbs are a nice choice too -

  • Bunky Bunky on Mar 23, 2017

  • Reiner MacPhail Reiner MacPhail on Mar 23, 2017
    Good to know! Thanks

  • Mar21088548 Mar21088548 on Mar 24, 2017
    A friend has a part of her chicken run with a wire fence around it...in the middle...she has planted some wormwood and some mustard greens with they love....when it gets large enough it goes close to where they can peck at both of them...it fixes any worms they may have and they only eat it when they need it. she keeps the top covered too and waters the plants when she changes the water for the chickens...meanwhile they just run around it in the middle of the run.

  • Tina Tina on Aug 17, 2017
    My girls love collards , kale and broccolI leaves (not the buds) You do need to protect the plants so they get a chance to grow. They also love grapes.

  • Cin21825342 Cin21825342 on Aug 17, 2017
    My chickens eat everything I plant...and all the accompanying bugs.

  • Melissa Melissa on Mar 03, 2018
    I put in hops vines that grow up and over everything very quickly. The chix will pick at the leaves but if you protect the lower 2' or so with a barrier (i use bamboo stakes and hardware cloth) the plant will be fine. Gives them nice shade, attracts some tasty bugs and looks nice. Everyone is happy