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    Hi,

    I'm looking to grow a tree or shrub in a corner of my chicken run, I did attempt a willow as part of the run gets a little boggy through winter but it hasn't sprung into action this spring so I think it didn't favour the rich soil. Any suggestions?? thanks in advance

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    How tall? Is it an open run or covered?
    Is it for shade or for them to perch in?

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    It's covered but only with thin mesh so can easily be cut away if the tree grows up to it. It's more for shade and asthetics

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    Have you thought of a fruit tree, if the area gets a good amount of sun and some water?
    Cluckies around the base would eliminate most of the more troublesome pests.
    Feed the soil, not the plants.
    (helps if you have cluckies)

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    That would be ideal, would an apple or current bush be ok with the very rich soil?

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    Anything with in pecking distance doesn't stand a chance. The hens will peck off all the new growth. There fore you would need to plant a tree with a trunk. Can you plant outside the run?
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    I've pretty much planted what I can around the run a few climbers working there way over up and over just wanted a focal point. If a fruit tree will tolerate the soil then I can wire mesh it off until it's established

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