Chickenhouse greenery

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Townmouse, Jun 12, 2007.

  1. Townmouse

    Townmouse Hatching

    Jun 12, 2007
    Hi all,

    I'd like to plant a vine on my wire chicken yard to provide some summer shade and winter rain defense. I planted an evergreen clematis and then read somewhere it is poisonous. Anyone know what kind of evergreen vine would work for protection while not harming my flock of peck-at-everything-green girls? Or has anyone used clematis and had no problems?

    Thanks, Townmouse
  2. cookinmom

    cookinmom Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    Saint George GA
    A grapevine won't hurt 'em; neither will honeysuckle. You might want to stake it for the first few feet, and then let it go over onto the wire. My honeysuckle vine just can't get more than about a foot tall, because they keep reaching through the wire and eating it. I have cucumbers growing along one side of the run, and I tied them to the wire about 3 ft up. They still jump up and grab a leaf here and there, but it doesn't cause much damage. They are annual though, so they won't do shade for very long.
  3. Royal Oaks Ranch

    Royal Oaks Ranch In the Brooder

    Jan 22, 2007
    Northern Calif
    Some told me Scarlet runnerbean and hyacinth...... I got some Im going to try.. But yep I can see where keeping the chickens away from it would be a good thing...
  4. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    Hops vines work well for shade and grow very quickly.
  5. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    You might think of planting a Willow Hybrid Tree.
    These are not the weeping willow....but grow very fast. 6 ft a year.!! We have several growing here...and when the new coop is donw, will be planting a few for thier shady area. Just takes 1 year to make great shade!
  6. chickaboo7

    chickaboo7 Songster

    May 18, 2007
    Manahawkin NJ
    I'm going to try vinica vine. It spreads like wildfire and has pretty little purple flowers. where can we get info on chicken safe plants?

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