Chicken run/coop with vines

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

  1. Jeggie

    Jeggie New Egg

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    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

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    If sunny enough, climbing roses ? Roses are chicken safe to eat.
     
  3. lazy gardener

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    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. SweetSilver

    SweetSilver Chillin' With My Peeps

    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    They should love that. I wish I had enough sun in the area to plant one.
     
  8. lazy gardener

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    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.
     

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