non toxic vines?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Skye_k23, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. Skye_k23

    Skye_k23 In the Brooder

    May 24, 2011
    Northern New Mexico
    Hello everyone.
    I have a question about safe vines. If you have looked at my page you have seen pictures of my moat. What I want to do is plant some sort of climbing vine on the outside of the moat in a few spots to help make shade. I live in new mexico and the heat can be intense. However I know that the chickens will be able to peck at the vine thru the fence so it needs to be a safe type. Any suggestions?

  2. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Songster

    Aug 30, 2010
    S.E. Michigan
    Malabar Spinach, honeysuckle, maybe pole beans?
  3. dewey

    dewey Songster

    Nov 9, 2010
    north of eternity
    Some that I've seen suggested for this hot area (AZ) is snail vine, cat's claw, bougainvillea, queen's wreath, scarlet runner, wisteria, jasmin, hyacinth bean...bougainvillea will have more leaf litter...pole beans also climb well.
  4. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Songster

    Do you just want shade, or flowers or food? I say go with grapes, then you can eat them also.
  5. areyoumymother

    areyoumymother Songster

    Apr 9, 2011
    I have an open air coop with a partial roof and chicken wire on all four sides....

    I have debated on what to plant on the outside to vine up the chicken wire to provide shade.....

    some suggestions I received were grape vines and any berries that can be 'vined' up the chicken wire....

    But I was also wanting some color so have definitely decided on a bougainvillea for one side and maybe some climbing rose vines, both being chick safe.

  6. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    I do not think it would grow in your area but have no idea....Virgina Creeper. It has grown up the back of my barn, through the chicken pen roof and walls and out the front!
    Everyone that sees it thinks it is Poison Ivy but it has 5 leaves, not 3. The chicks peck at it and it grows thick and fast. I have seen tehm demolish a vine and live to talk about it so it must be okay.

    I just do not know what area it can survive in. It certainly grows like honeysuckle but doesn't draw bees.

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