Since comfrey is already growing just outside the run area, I figure it'll spread into the run pretty much every year. Anything I want them to have but not kill (like amaranth, or sorghum) I'll plant overhanging the run so the seeds will fall inside.
Ellendra Nauriel wrote:To keep them from eating something down to the roots, cover it with a cage or wire basket that has openings big enough they can eat through. That way they can't scratch it up, and you can decide just how much of the plant you want them to be able to reach.
Interesting idea. Lots of pill bugs and earwigs in the yard, and they loved the sorghum. Same with aphids. Sugar sorghum was black with aphids when it was time to harvest. Hm...
greg mosser wrote:i'm wondering if thee's something they won't want much that will keep calling in bugs to eat...
I have goji berry in the area, but I was going to tear it out. Would a piece of chain link around the root area keep them from destroying it? The thing seems pretty much immortal.
Kc Simmons wrote:So any type of plant, shrub, or small tree I want to keep alive I have to protect the trunk and base of the root zone.
So comfrey outside the run. I'm rather looking forward to what the chickens will do with my grape vines. Climb them? Trim the lower sprouts? Jump for the fruit?
William Bronson wrote:While their scratching leads to most plant deaths, my chooks pecked to death a comfrey that was "protected" by a milk crate.
They just loved that stuff to death.
Woody stem perennials seem to survive fine once they get to that stage.
Lauren Ritz wrote:I have goji berry in the area, but I was going to tear it out. Would a piece of chain link around the root area keep them from destroying it? The thing seems pretty much immortal.
ido the same with arborist chips except i put nearly 2ft and it last all season keeping it dry in there. i got several flushes of blewit mushrooms just downhill outside the run. nice big ones too!
Marco Benito wrote:Lay down wood chips thick and heavy everywhere. The Chooks will love the biology that magically shows up. When I say thick and heavy I mean 8 to 12 inches of wood chips. I functions as a deep litter, cover the earth, gives the chooks lots to do, provides lots of food....I could go on and on but why. They will wipe out the currants and gooseberries, not necessarily the plants, but the leaves and fruit they can reach. Giving them the life forms that show up in the wood chips is a real plus for all parties concerned. Edible Acres does have awesome documentation on chickens, wood chips, and composting.