Best Plants For Chicken Coops And Plants To Avoid

Three chickens wander the lawn in front of a green chicken coop
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If you have or are thinking about getting chickens, you should know about chicken coop safe plants. Yes, your chickens can be allowed to be free range but that can result in a mess in an otherwise tidy garden. Landscaping around a chicken coop will keep the girls active, entertained, and out of areas you don’t wish them to access. So, what types of plants are good for a chicken coop? Read on to learn about chicken coop plants. 

About Chickens in the Garden

There are a number of reasons to allow the chickens to forage in the garden. It keeps them happy certainly, but chickens also control insects, keep down weeds, and improve the soil with their pecking and manure; and eating a variety of food makes for better tasting eggs. 

The downside to free range chickens is that they tend to get into areas you may not want them. This might mean that they eat something that is toxic to them. So a better idea is to have a chicken coop filled with safe plants. 

Good Plants for Chicken Coops

Herbs are excellent plant selections for around or inside a chicken enclosure. And you can grab a handful on the way back to the house with your eggs. 

Other chicken friendly plants are vegetables or grains like alfalfa, alliums, amaranth, asparagus, buckwheat, blueberries, clover, currants, lentils, legumes, mulberries, peas, plantain, raspberries, rhubarb, and squash. 

Chickens also like sunflowers and most fruiting trees.

Plants That are Toxic to Chickens

While pretty, keep your chickens away from daffodils, daphne, foxglove, honeysuckle, hydrangea, rhododendron and tulips. Also, any members of the Nightshade family, such as tomatoes, potatoes and eggplant, are toxic to chickens. 

Amy Grant

Amy Grant has been gardening for 30 years and writing for 15. A professional chef and caterer, Amy's area of expertise is culinary gardening.