Hyacinth bean

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Silverduck, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. Silverduck

    Silverduck Songster

    Oct 26, 2007
    Walker County, Alabama
    In the recent issue of Backyard Poultry, it had a hyacinth bean vine growing over a chicken run, I would love to plant something like this in the spring for shade. Does anyone know if chickens will eat it, or if it is safe. I know the beans are poison if not boiled twice. I planted pole beans one year but, the chickens ate them so it didn't make a good shade.
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Crossing the Road

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I start vines about a foot away from the pen and give them something like string or slats to grow up a couple feet before I train them toward the pen.
    I doubt if they would get enough of anything to be harmful.
    I see my birds eat lots of things people have said were harmful but with no ill effects. If these things made up the entire diet that would be different.

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