I am getting everything ready for my spring garden. I bought a gourd mix seed packet and was thinking they would look really pretty growing over the chicken coop and would provide shade for them in the summer. The gourds included in the pack are crown of thorns, spoon, pear bi color, flat stripped, orange warted, white apple, dipper, bottle, powder horn, and white edible. Has anyone ever planted gourds around chicken and is it safe if they were to eat it, which they probably will if it is on or near the coop. Any experts out there I need your advice on this before Iplant them.