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The Big List of Chicken-Safe Plants

There are plenty of lists of toxic and unsafe plants for chickens, but it is very hard to find plant options that can be used in your chicken area. I have compiled a list of plants that are deemed chicken-safe.

It can be very challenging to find plant options that can be used in your chicken area. I have compiled a list of plants that are deemed chicken-safe.

The following plants are appropriate and worry-free for the areas chickens roam. The list tells you the zone said plant grows in as well as if the plant is an annual or perennial. Some annuals can be over-wintered as perennials in warmer climates. Plants marked with an asterisk (*) have medicinal properties for chickens.

Chicken-Safe Floral Plants

If you find yourself wanting to landscape around your chicken’s enclosure, these plants will add seasonal color and are perfectly safe.

It can be very challenging to find plant options that can be used in your chicken area. I have compiled a list of plants that are deemed chicken-safe.Bee Balm   3-9   Perennial
Begonia   Annual
Black Eyed Susan   3-11   Perennial
Coreopsis   3-9   Perennial
Calendula   Annual
Daisy   5-8   Perennial
*Dandelion   Annual
Day Lilly   4-8   Perennial
Echinacea (Coneflower)   3-9   Perennial
Impatiens   Annual
*Marigold   Annual
*Nasturtium   Annual
Orchid   6-8   Perennial
Petunia   Annual
Sunflower   Annual
Thistle   3-10   Perennial
Velvet Nettle 3-10   Perennial
Violet   Annual
Zinnia   Annual

Chicken-Safe Foliage Plants

Do you need year-round foliage to hide the less-than-aesthetically-pleasing areas around your chicken yard? These plants will do the trick.

Coleus   Annual
Hens & Chicks   4-8   Perennial
Hosta   3-7   Perennial
Yucca   4-11   Perennial

Chicken-Safe Herbs

Many herbs benefit from a trimming. They tend to perform better and get bushier with regular pruning. Why not let your chickens prune for you?

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*Catnip   3-9   Perennial
*Lavender   5-10   Perennial
*Lemon Balm   4-11   Perennial
*Mint   3-10   Perennial
Oregano   5-11   Perennial
*Rosemary   6-10   Perennial

Chicken-Safe Vines

Vines are wonderful for growing up the side of a chicken enclosure. They offer shade in the summer and die back to allow for light in the winter. We have grapes and hops along the sunny side of our run.

Black Eye Susan   10-11   Perennial
Bougainvillea   9-11   Perennial
Grape Ivy   Annual
*Nasturtium   Annual
*Rose   3-11   Perennial
Swedish Ivy   Annual
Virginia Creeper   3-9   Perennial

Chicken-Safe Shrubs

You may be worried about shrubs on your property when you begin to free-range your chickens. Although shrubs like azalea and rhododendron can pose a risk, these plants are perfectly safe.

Bamboo  5-9 Be sure to plant the non-invasive variety!
Butterfly Bush   5-10
Dogwood   3-8
Fig   7-9
Gardenia   8-10
Hop Tree   4-9
Juniper   3-9
Lilac   2-9
Palm   8-11
*Rose   3-11

Chicken-Safe Trees

No need to be concerned about the fruit, nuts, and leaves of these trees dropping. Your chickens will happily clean up the mess and it won’t hurt them at all.

It can be very challenging to find plant options that can be used in your chicken area. I have compiled a list of plants that are deemed chicken-safe.Ash   2-9
Citrus (all) Keep in mind that too much citrus may cause weak egg shells because it affects calcium absorption. 
Crab Apple   3-8
Dogwood   3-8
Elm   2-9
Eucalyptus   8-10
Fig   7-9
Guava  9-12
Hawthorn   4-7
Hop Tree   4-9
Madrona  6-10
Magnolia   5-9
Manzanita  8-11
Palm   8-11
Papaya  9-10
Pine   2-9
Redbud 5-9
Sassafras  4-9
Willow (Goat/Pussy/Weeping)  2-9 (depending on species)

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Keep in mind, just because a plant is “safe” does not mean it will be safe from hungry chickens. Be sure to check out the big list of poisonous plants if you are worried about a plant already located on your homestead. If you have a suggestion of a plant to be listed, let me know in the comments below.

It can be very challenging to find plant options that can be used in your chicken area. I have compiled a list of plants that are deemed chicken-safe.

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I am a non-traditional homesteader. What is a non-traditional homesteader? I'd like to think we are the people who don't fit the mold. I am a busy mom on a small bit of property with not a lot of financial resources, but I am figuring out how to live the life I want. A homesteader's life.

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  1. Is there anything I can put around my gardens to keep roosters out? We have to that come into our yard and they have my flower gardens destroyed.

      • My grand father was an Electrical Contractor, wiring Hospitals, banks and even high end homes. He started out wiring anything that was in need. He was great at coming up with home made “Fix It’s” of all kinds. To keep the chickens out of the garden He drove stops into the ground and 6″ off the ground he added an insulated. Then he would string the wire along each stob, pulling and stretching it to remove ALL sags and loosens and floppy wire. Since he already had electric freed around almost 20 acres of pasture he then twisted the chicken wire onto the Horses Electric fence to power it. When a Chicken gets zapped for walking into the wire, they pay close attention and never come close to it again. IMPORTANT: When he fenced off the garden wit the electric fence wire he also clipped the large feathers off one of the wings. Clipping both may still allow the chicken to gain some degree of life and fly over the Hot Wire. Clipping only one wing will make the chickens become lopsided and imbalanced when they do try to fly. .You can buy very small Fence Chargers for almost no money at Tractor Supply, Southern /stated and a good ?Hardware Store. Try to support your local Hardware guy! Those guys are more important to the Homesteader that you might know. You will most surely need some first hand advice from someone that wants to see you succeed. I don’t mind paying extra to support Mom & Pop businesses who try VERY HARD to keep Made in USA products in their store for us! Try getting advice or recommendations for anything from a Walmart Employee…if you can even find an Employee on the floor.

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