1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    Not a member yet? join BYC here & then introduce yourself in our community forum here.

Chicken run/coop with vines

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by Jeggie, Sep 9, 2014.

  1. Jeggie

    Jeggie Hatching

    1
    0
    7
    Sep 9, 2014
    [​IMG]
    I keep seeing pictures like this on Pinterest, but have been reading on here how chickens will try to swallow the grapes whole, choking on them. Is there a vine that would continue to do the job of protecting and shading the chickens without worrying about being a danger to them?
     
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager 5 Years

    15,005
    7,498
    732
    Jan 10, 2013
    Macon,GA
    If sunny enough, climbing roses ? Roses are chicken safe to eat.
     
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road 5 Years

    27,610
    26,094
    907
    Nov 7, 2012
    CENTRAL MAINE zone 4B
    They also attract Japanese beetles, which chickens absolutely love to eat. Personally, I'd go for cucumbers or pole beans. If you want pretty, try scarlet runner beans. they have a red blossom, and also attract those Jap. beetles.
     
  4. Akebia, if you live in a place where it can take sun. In the Pacific Northwest it can tolerate sun or shade. Hardy kiwis make a good, *vigorous* vine. It comes it male and female plants. The females make fruit larger than grapes, so chickens won't be tempted to swallow them whole. Or you could plant the male vine on the trellis and not worry about the fruit. All kiwis need a *really* strong trellising system.

    Or, try training thornless black berries over the top-- like "Arapaho".
     
  5. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Songster

    4,427
    65
    246
    Dec 2, 2009
    Sunny side up :)
    Gourds. Some are edible when picked smaller as well. Small pumpkins might work as well. One year I grew some gourd vines over a run that had a wire top and the gourds hung down like fancy lanterns. Looked kinda neat.
     
  6. LaylaFlora

    LaylaFlora Songster

    124
    15
    108
    Apr 1, 2012
    What a great idea!

    I planted a dwarf fig on the fenceline of my run and am planning on training it to bend over the top similar to the pic above.
     
  7. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager 5 Years

    15,005
    7,498
    732
    Jan 10, 2013
    Macon,GA
    They should love that. I wish I had enough sun in the area to plant one.
     
  8. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road 5 Years

    27,610
    26,094
    907
    Nov 7, 2012
    CENTRAL MAINE zone 4B
    Roses will give you an added benefit. They are a favorite feed for the dreaded Japanese beetle. Chickens LOVE Japanese beetles. Just be sure that your fencing is strong enough to support those mature rose canes. Other options: Pole beans, tall peas, cucumbers, squash.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: