Bamboo plants in run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lotsachicks, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. lotsachicks

    lotsachicks In the Brooder

    May 25, 2010
    S. Texas
    I have a rather large run, about 50 x 50, and live in S. Texas, so no trees and such for protective cover for my flock. I was thinking of planting bamboo for fast growth to provide cover for the girls and a cool place to hang out on our super hot summers. Do you think it could work?? I know I would have to keep the birds from eating it until it reached some size, but really need to start thinking about shade and protective cover. TIA
  2. MamaChic21

    MamaChic21 Songster

    Dec 2, 2010
    Jackson, NJ
    you've got one HUGE run there, wow [​IMG] but don't you have predators ?
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I have 2 varieties of bamboo in my yard. Golden bamboo and another 2 ft variety. The chickens do not eat either. In fact it is a favorite place for them to hide.

  4. EMAW

    EMAW Chirping

    Oct 6, 2010
    SW Michigan
    Just research your choice of bamboo carefully. Growing up my grandmother decided she liked the look of it and planted some. Well soon after that part of our "chores" during our summer visits to Grandma's was trying to control the spread of the bamboo. It grew to 10-15 feet tall and would provide great shade and a good hiding place for cotton tails, and some 30 years later it has managed to survive the KS summers/winters. Sounds like it might be a good idea, just research and choose the type of bamboo that fits your needs.
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:EMAW is very correct Bamboo can be very invasive. It is said when you plant it in your yard it will: Sleep (the first year) Creep (the second year and Leap (the third year). I have had mine for about 13 years and it is just getting annoying now. There are clumping bamboos that are less invasive than running bamboos. I am not anywhere near the point of trying to kill it all, in fact I still look longingly at timber bamboo.

    Here's some great information:

    If you are interested I need to clean out some of the 2 ft tall bamboo. It gets cream colored stripes in the new growth, prefers shade. very pretty. I can send you some of the roots. If you are interested I'll send you the info on the variety it is. Don't feel like looking it up this late. [​IMG]

  6. Rowtag

    Rowtag In the Brooder

    Apr 18, 2009
    Murfreesboro, TN
    As has been stated, pick your bamboo carefully. We inherited bamboo with this property and we can't keep it cut down fast enough, and years after you have cleared an area sprouts will still come up from time to time. I love the look of it though and all the animals like to hang out in it.
  7. Royd

    Royd Songster

    May 31, 2009
    Middleburg, Fl.
    I have a stand, in my backyard...It's the stuff that grows 40 feet tall and 2 1/2" across, in one season, but it spreads very slowly, and it's the best gardening tool, ever. Not to mention, a hundred other uses.

    If the hens decide that's the place to nest, you may just spend days looking at your eggs, unless you cut it down...Also, it's a great place for snakes to hide.
  8. BWKatz

    BWKatz Songster

    May 22, 2010
    I had been thinking about bamboo in the pen also. Snakes? I think I'll leave it at the end of the property 2 acres away. [​IMG]
  9. elmo

    elmo Crowing

    May 23, 2009
    I have bamboo in our yard and I love it. You will have to protect the new shoots from the chickens for the first year or two. After that it should be large enough to fend for itself!

    Bamboo sends out runners in the spring. If a shoot comes up somewhere you don't want it, just cut it off right at ground level. It won't grow any more for the year. New shoots grow very fast in the spring. I swear I've measured some of ours shooting up a nearly a foot in a single day!
  10. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Bamboo is very chicken hearty an can run away but is easy to control an kill if needed. Its a matter of timing your work.

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