Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to have chickens in your yard whilst still having flowers and plants to adorn it. If you are planning to keep chickens at home, they can make great pets as well as providing regular eggs for your breakfast. If you like to keep your garden looking beautiful, there is no reason why you can’t continue to do so even with chickens, and you can even incorporate the chicken coop into your landscaping efforts. Here are some tips to help you achieve a garden that’s not only a safe and secure place for your feathered friends, but looks great as well.
Keeping the Coop Secure
If you want to keep flowers and plants growing in your garden when you keep chickens, you should bear in mind that chickens like to scratch around a lot and could easily pull a lot of them up. Many chicken owners get around this problem by sectioning off a large chicken coop in one part of the garden, which is big enough for the chickens to roam around in freely without causing any damage to your landscaping. You can use chain link fencing for this, as it helps to keep the chickens secure and safe from predators such as foxes as well. If you don’t want to keep your chickens fenced off, you may need to experiment with different plants to see which work best. Keeping plants in pots rather than in the ground is also a good alternative.
Toxic or Poisonous Plants
If you’re going to be planting flowers and other plants around chickens, it’s understandable that you might worry about whether or not they will be dangerous to the chickens. However, the experts say that this shouldn’t be worried about, as cases of chickens being poisoned by common yard plants are very uncommon. Many plants make noxious substances which deter herbivores from eating them into extinction, but chickens tend to possess some instincts regarding nutrition, meaning that if they have a choice, they will usually reject any food that tastes funny to them. Chickens also tend to peck a little here and there in order to get variety in their diet, so one or two bites of a leaf that is toxic is unlikely to cause any harm.
Most local garden centres will sell plants that perform well in the growing zone where they are located, which is why it’s a good idea to shop locally for plants to grow in your chicken garden. Plants such as mint, sweet potato plants, spikes, ornamental grasses and vinca vines are good choices for those who want to allow the chickens to roam freely around the yard, as they’re difficult to trample down and most chickens will not try to eat them. If you’re planning to keep your chickens in a closed-off coop, you will obviously have more choice regarding the plants which you choose. Decorating around the coop with different coloured flowers could also add a nice touch.
Even with chickens, you can create a lovely and quaint garden!