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vines that chickens won't eat?

post #1 of 12
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Hi Everyone, my hubby is finishing up my new chicken coop and when it is done I wanted to plant vines along one side of the chain link to give them shade and make the coop look a little better but I don't want to invest in something that they are just going to destroy. I would like to plant jasmine does anyone know if they will eat it? If so, are there any other suggestions? Thanks.

post #2 of 12

Wisteria


     Most people have no clue...Forewarned is Forearmed

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     Most people have no clue...Forewarned is Forearmed

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post #3 of 12

Mine don't mess with the vines on my fences. They don't usually mess with anything over about 24 inches.
Of course someone has chickens that fly to the top of their fences and eat everything. lol
I think you will have more problems with them scratching at the roots, unless they are protected.

I'll attach a couple links to toxic plants, but honestly I doin't worry much about it. First day I had chickens they ate all the leaves off my rhubarb without ill effect.

http://www.poultryhelp.com/toxicplants.html

http://www.plantsciences.ucdavis.edu/ce/king/PoisPlant/Tox-COM.htm

http://www.poultryhelp.com/toxicplants.html

Imp- Good luck

 

 

If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit,

for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.

All things are connected.
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If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit,

for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.

All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

 

       ― Chief Seattle

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post #4 of 12

dead ones tongue  Seriosly though it's hard t find a plant that chickens won't eat.  The only think in my yard they don't touch is the spruce tree anything else that is green and they can reach they eat.

post #5 of 12

I would plant what you like and just fence off the bottom of the plant, until it grows bigger.  I have virginia creeper and trumpet flower(that are climbing on the fence and mature) and they really don't bother them.  I planted beans too close to them last year- they ate all the bottom leaves, but it didn't really hurt the plant.  Good luck!

post #6 of 12

Mine don't touch my wisteria either.

They can be invasive though...   just like most vines.  Do some research before you plant.

post #7 of 12

There was a similar post a while ago I found the link so there may be a few more ideas for you.  Good luck.  Once you get it estbished (in my experience & out of reach) they leave it alone.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=252113

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post #8 of 12

Interesting thread, my girls won't eat Woodbine (also called Virginia Creeper), nor the berries it produces. Caution: this is a very aggressive, 'take over' kind of vine, not for everybody and everyplace. Hard to impossible to irradicate; however, on the plus side it works great on chain link fences, great for privacy and wild birds go nuts for the berries.
here's some info:

http://www.gardenguides.com/74790-grow-virginia-creeper.html

post #9 of 12

A friend of mine has barred rocks and they love her wisteria which is growing right beside the coop. They don't kill it but they eat all the pretty little flowers it produces.

Brandy B.

husband, 1 chihuahua -Rosie-, 1 mini daschund -Tuck-, 1 black lab -Leroy- and 6 partridge rocks -1 rooster and 5 hens and all of the above are spoiled rotten!!
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Brandy B.

husband, 1 chihuahua -Rosie-, 1 mini daschund -Tuck-, 1 black lab -Leroy- and 6 partridge rocks -1 rooster and 5 hens and all of the above are spoiled rotten!!
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post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

Wow! Thanks for all the info everyone. I guess I will just plant a few and see what happens :-)

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