If it holds out as well as you describe it may be just the thing. White clover is a fantastic living mulch, making it one of the best ground cover crops you can grow near your chickens.… I plant climbing vines to run up the sides of the run and over the top to provide additional summer shade including roses, peas, squash, cucumbers, melons ...you could even try â¦ Nas Mus wrote:I would never have that many chickens in that small an area. Place chickens on top of a mulch pile, like wood chips, and they will spread it for you within hours. Jun 3, 2009 #4 fowlmood Songster. I would probably try clover it is good for the soil. Ok, so this is kind of a taste preference for you, rather than chickens. Nas Mus wrote:
John, what do you have that regenerates after 2 weeks of chickens ripping it up? And now I remember, Peaceful Valley has a great. Nas Mus wrote:if the soil has been mulched with wood-chip, then does that mean I can actually keep a lot more chickens, say 20, without worrying about the soil becoming dead due to too much chicken poop (my biggest worry is the soil becoming dead due to too many chickens on too small a piece of land)? My sweet chickens have consumed every inch of ground cover on my bank. See more ideas about plants, pond plants, pond. I receive on an average, two to three emails a week asking what type of plants can be planted that goats will not eat. Location: Wellington, New Zealand. Many groundcovers are edible, and some are chicken-resistant, such as rosemary (trailing type) and sweet woodruff. Location: cool climate, Blue Mountains, Australia. The benefits of having a chicken in your garden. Plants That Goats Won't Eat (Part 1) By: Gary Pfalzbot; About the Author; It has been said that "goats will eat anything" and there are times when this statement could almost be true. Temperate, coastal, sandy, windy. No good to touch the green, green grass at home . Ask MetaFilter is a question and answer site that covers nearly any question on earth, where members help each other solve problems. Clara Florence wrote:Wood chip will decompose too slowly to take up all the excess nitrogen. Cover crops generally grow quickly, and optimal height (around 3 â¦ I'm a huge fan of the salad bar method that The Violet Cypher mentions above if all you're looking for is a way of your chickens getting fresh greenery. Bloom recommends dense evergreen ground cover like Japanese spurge, ground raspberry, and cotonester. My chickens will not eat mint or thyme. I'd they just free range the whole thing they will scratch it to bits. They tend to perform better and … Spring is a great time to completely close off access to your chicken run and relocate chickens during the daylight hours (free-range your chickens or place them in a tractor to till garden beds). I don't know if they will eat the ivy or not, but they will probably tear it up anyway. Asparagus. Asparagus has a … How about starting with an easy planting like a ground cover crop? If you’re looking to put some plants in your garden that the chickens won’t touch, have a look at this list: These plants are what we’ve found (from experience) that chickens do not touch. You could maintain quite a nice garden in the space you have with free ranging quail, although it will take more eggs to get an omellette. Do you need year-round foliage to hide the less-than-aesthetically-pleasing areas around your chicken yard? Mint plants make a great edible ground cover for shadier areas, especially those that tend to remain moister than other parts of the yard. They’re the rare case. Chickens and the garden are natural partners for a … A good example of edible ground cover is alpine strawberries, low bush blueberry, and cranberry bushes. Never be afraid of asking sincere questions here. Share. They scratch all around it, but won't eat it at all. Alpine strawberries, also low to the ground, used as ground cover should be left for your chickens only, avoiding fresh manure exposure, and potential illness. Does anyone know of something I can plant that's low maintenance, fairly drought tolerant, and grows fast? Anti Chicken Ground Cover. Any ground cover that is to thrive will probably need to take root for while without the chickens. I have 30 chickens and they eat about 50lb every two weeks, so roughly $6 a week. Chickens peck at the ground constantly. They are a lifesaver for a muddy run/yard! We use lucerne hay as our ground cover in the chicken pen but even that decomposes slowly compared to the build up of manure. Helmut Meyer zur Capellen / Getty Images There are two pachysandras to consider when deciding on ground covers for deer control.. Japanese pachysandra (Pachysandra terminalis) and its American relative, Allegheny spurge (Pachysandra procumbens), both grow to about 1-foot by 1-foot.In North America, the Japanese pachysandra is the more vigorous ground cover and will fill in an area faster. lisawilson New Member. They also looove to eat larvae - so they can catch the plant killers before they start causing damage! Cover â¦ My chickens will not eat mint or thyme. If this is the case you will need to remove the injured chicken and isolate her until she is healthy again and any wounds have healed. Sweet corn. The chickens had made a trench along the fence while digging for insects. If youâre looking to put some plants in your garden that the chickens wonât touch, have a look at this list: These plants are what weâve found (from experience) that chickens â¦ Coleus Annual Hens & Chicks 4-8 Perennial Hosta 3-7 Perennial Yucca 4-11 Perennial. We’ve had some chickens that wouldn’t eat greens, or wouldn’t eat sunflower seeds, and things like that. So basically, sticking decomposing wood around areas with an overdose of chicken poop is one way of helping soil regain or keep it's health? Location: Western Kentucky-Climate Unpredictable Zone 6b, What about the rotating composting paddock system proposed by Lady Balfour ? But for all their effort, there is basically two reasons why they peck at the ground; to test if something is worth eating and then to eat it. Leila Rich wrote:
While it would be theoretically possible to have that many chickens on 700 square feet,
if they're not being rotated, no matter what mulch you have it is more than likely to quickly become a smelly, denuded desert. But frankly, I heard the author talk and I don't believe it. If it holds out as well as you describe it may be just the thing. I will leave a newly purchased potted plant where the hens can nibble. Mother-of-four, 50, found face down on the ground at campsite died of alcohol poisoning after drinking a bottle of red wine with her pub lunch after a strenuous nine-mile country walk, inquest hears Wild strawberry seems like a very feasible idea. Damnit. and from my perspective, a poor environment for chickens. I'm looking for hardy fast growing ground cover suggestions that are chicken friendly. As the pellets soak up the moisture, they first expand (like a sponge) and then gently fall apart so what you wind up with is a soft, fluffy floor of pine sawdust. Wild strawberry seems like a very feasible idea. Fertilize Till Soil. Chicken poop feeds excess nitrogen, woodchips decomposing take out the excess nitrogen? In the first half of the 20th century, chickens were undoubtedly the least valuable barnyard animal; their health, nutrition and management needs were not well understood by farmers and didn’t need to be- if a chicken got sick, they were simply served for dinner and easily replaced. Peter Ellis wrote:It you don't think chickens can scratch through root systems, perhaps you have a different sort of chicken than I am familiar with. Instead of cutting down trees, confine chickens to acorn-free areas. 10. lurchergrrl. 1 0 0. 11 chickens. In what sense? Chickens can be allowed to free range and may look like they are eating grass (they eat a little) but they are mostly foraging for worms, seeds and grubs. When chickens see a red wound they will continuously peck at it. posted by Sophie1 at 1:00 PM on June 17, 2014 The cost to feed chickens can be astronomical, largely outweighing the benefit of their “free” eggs, especially when you buy organic or non-GMO layer feed.. And the very best way to feed chickens for free is to let them out to free-range. Use Herbs to Repel Your Chickens. Sweet corn is a delicacy your chicken will love. It is a great ground cover, â¦ There is a book called Gardening with Chickens (or something like that) and she has lots of plants that they won't eat and beautiful pictures of gardens with chicken happily free-ranging. Nas Mus wrote:I need to use them instead of mulch to cover the whole garden where I do not have anything growing, Nas Mus wrote:which will mainly be fruit trees and fruit shrubs), Leila Rich wrote: doesn't look to 'gardeny'. Leave chickens in an area long enough and they will till the ground for you. Mind you we have a flock of over 30 chickens in an urban yard. Many herbs benefit from a trimming. While that’s great, adding in the additional nutrition garnered from foraging on cover crops is even better. Chickens can eat pretty much anything…and everything! Thanks for the help and suggestions everyone. Nas Mus, I think that the key element in my run is the stable litter. Not all edible groundcovers are able to withstand being walked on. As long as you are nice, these forums are helpful to everyone from the newest new to the most experienced oldtimer. These plants will do the trick. mixture of fast growing stuff sounds great. Location: Currently in Lake Stevens, WA. Let it rest then use it as a, Location: Cranbourne, Victoria, AUSTRALIA, Well I use stable litter, principally sawdust with horse poop and. Chickens love to eat loads of the pesky pests that can destroy your plants - beetles, aphids - all sorts of creepy crawlies! Home in Spokane, Another good ground cover is True Chamomile (. Are you looking for a ground cover for paths between rows that chickens will eat? Many herbs benefit from a trimming. The chickens wonât eat it, itâs perfectly safe. Chickens will of course scratch around and eat many plants in the garden, including tender vegetable and fruit crops that you have to fence off. Guerric, you may not find all that in the ground cover, but if it is healthy soil growing a good cover, the chickens will find the insects, worms, etc. Free-Range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard is available from Timber Press for $19.95. Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria majalis): The tiny little bell-shaped flowers are a wedding favorite. Building a frame that the vegetation can grow through but protecting the roots from constant scratching is something that may work for you. I'm a huge fan of the salad bar method that The Violet Cypher mentions above if all you're looking for is a way of your chickens getting fresh greenery. My chicken yard is spacious and filled with flowering bushes, shrubs, climbing roses and even a small garden area for the chickens to enjoy. I mean, if they are dedicated chicken rows, you could just sow quick-growing forage crops mixed with a soil building plant guild, for which there will be a lot of overlap, and let them go at it. Lelila, it's ok I did not take anything as disparaging in any way. Alfalfa, clover, mustard, buckwheat, rye, and legume crops, among many others, provide abundant feed for chickens. Wood chip will decompose too slowly to take up all the excess nitrogen. You can plant just one cover crop for the chickens to eat, create a blend of your own, or purchase poultry pasture seed online. Not all edible groundcovers are able to withstand being walked on.