NewChcikenmommy!

Chirping
8 Years
Jul 9, 2011
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Kingsland,Georgia
Hello!
I was wondering, since I have a chain-link dog run for most of the area my girls are in I'd like to have grapes grow up/over part of the run for more shade, tasty treats,etc..
Has anyone done this? What type of grape is safe for them? I live in SE Georgia and would like to get them planted either later this month or early next year.

& if not grapes is there a safe flower I can have grow on the links?
Thank you!
 

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Songster
9 Years
Apr 9, 2011
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Cooped up in Connecticut
My Coop
Oh yes, many have planted assorted things including grapes.

*points up and right* That little long box at the top right corner of the BYC Forum page next to the Search is where you can type key words; ex: planting grapes on run (that will bring you to every topic made on the subject)

good luck
 

Ole rooster

Songster
8 Years
Jun 25, 2011
2,083
36
196
Milner, Georgia
The fellow I bought my chickens from has muscadines growing all over his pen. And don't you know the chickens thinks he did it for them. But the torture of see all those fruit and can't get up there. I do think that's what I'm going to do. A place close to me called Ison's sell those along with a bunch of other things. I got my blueberry plants for them. Thanks for the thought.
 

TheSitcomGirls

Songster
9 Years
Nov 17, 2010
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We have seedless concord grapes in our chicken area planted on an arbor. The chickens ripped down any part of the grape vines they could reach and ate the leaves. They also ate all the grape bunches they could pull down when jumping straight up in the air pogo stick style. It's pretty funny to watch! I'm glad they can't hover or we would have nothing left! Nobody got sick...we also feed them the occational bunch of wild concord grapes as well, no problem.
 

Gallo del Cielo

La Gallina Resort & Spa
9 Years
May 6, 2010
5,230
416
306
Tucson
My Coop
I built the run over top of three grape vines. I chose Thompson seedless and Flame seedless because they do well in my climate. Check your local nursery or cooperative extension for varieties that would do well in your area. I love them and the chickens do too. They provide the bulk of the shade for the chickens in the hottest part of the year and nearly constant forage from Mar. through Nov. They love the leaves. It's great fun watching them jump for the lowest hanging fruit. Here are pictures in spring and early summer last year:

 

FlyWheel

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
Mar 19, 2016
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My Coop
The fellow I bought my chickens from has muscadines growing all over his pen. And don't you know the chickens thinks he did it for them. But the torture of see all those fruit and can't get up there. I do think that's what I'm going to do. A place close to me called Ison's sell those along with a bunch of other things. I got my blueberry plants for them. Thanks for the thought.
Was reading this and thought why not place a jungle-gym contraption along the fence where the vines are growing? This can be as simple as large dowels sticking out at various locations so they could jump from peg to peg to reach the otherwise inaccessable clusters..
 
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