Chicken Friendly Plants - Which Plants Won't Chickens Eat?

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. 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. If you have any others to add to it, please leave a comment below to share your findings!

Rose of Sharon

Most shrubs and bushes

Blackcurrants (although they will take the fruits)



Hardy Geraniums

Hardy Fuschias



Oriental Grasses & Bamboos once established.



Honeysuckle (once established)

Perennial Sweetpeas


Petunias (mixed reports, some say they will eat them)

Ophiopogan planiscapus ' Nigrescens' (Black lilyturf)

Purple Fringed Loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata) 'Purpurea'


Some may eat:

Pyrethrum Daisies



Keeping Chickens in the Garden

Every plant that grows up above chicken head height seems to work, especially if under planted by lavenders or similar. Give climbers protection at first but once established, they are fine. Chickens do scratch around and disturb the soil, but they also keep the insects down and manure as they go! Pyrethrum daisies work well, but tend to spread everywhere. Pyrethrum and Wormwood are great to grow around the yard, as they repel insects.

In the vegetable plot:

 Chickens on vegetable plot

Garlic, Onions

Leeks (see left!)

Potatoes, Squashes

Legumes, Chives

Mint, Tarragon, Sage

Rhubarb (they will occasionally eat the young leaves but don't seem to get ill)

Climbing beans once established

Currant Bushes (established and without fruit)

Asparagus (once in leaf)

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