Chickens and grape/muscadine vines?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Eric in NC, Dec 5, 2008.

  1. Eric in NC

    Eric in NC Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 5, 2008
    I am planning my coop and chicken yard. Wanted to know if it is ok to include some grape and muscadine vines in the area the chickens can get to.

    Will they destroy the vines like they tend to do with grass etc.?

    Will the grapes and muscadines (fruit) hurt the chickens if they get too much of it?

    I don't care if the chickens eat some/most of the fruit - just don't want to harm them or have them kill off the vines.
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    they will pick the vines clean and then some, so yes, they will probably kill that portion of the vine. But plants are funny things - they may just grow back... The fruit is fine for the birds.
  3. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Our neighbors have a grape arbos (type unknown). Any grapes we can pick over the fence go right down the gullets of our girls.

    Our 21oz bantam cochin once ate over 30 grapes in a sitting. DBF and I were *shocked*.

    She could barely move afterwards but was soooo happy.
  4. eggzettera

    eggzettera Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you protect the vine the first year to help get it established you should be fine. I have 5+ year vines & my birds only get to free range occasionally they like the leaves & the fruit, since it is 4+ feet tall they can only get to the bottom half. (Grape leaves are eaten by people too - dolmades come to mind.....)
  5. Eric in NC

    Eric in NC Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 5, 2008
    Well these are 6-7 year old vines - already well established. I thought if the chickens wouldn't absolutely destroy them, then they would provide some nice greens and some shade (on a trellis) if they were in the run.

    Sounds like it could work.
  6. jbowyer01

    jbowyer01 Just Me!

    Aug 29, 2008
    Hogansville, Georgia
    I have honeysuckle vines along my fence line and my chickens love the leaves. The keep the lower area around the fence gets picked clean but the top drapes over the fence and looks great! Even the sections that they eat grows little baby leaves and they seem to like them even better.
  7. eggzettera

    eggzettera Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have honeysuckle right nest to my grape vines & have never seen them touch them - hmmmmmm will have to pay more attention but maybe it just "personal" taste....... [​IMG]
  8. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Muscadines will need protected till they get established. Once there five feet tall they should be ok.

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