Shrubs in run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by shamgar1, May 2, 2011.

  1. shamgar1

    shamgar1 In the Brooder

    Mar 21, 2011
    Lubbock, TX
    I am in the process of planning my coop & run. The run will have quite a bit of room, but will need to be fenced with an overhead netting. (My wife pointed out hawks in our area). I was wondering about putting some shrubs in the run to add shade and wondered if anyone had thoughts or ideas. The two I was thinking of were a Yaupon Holly and a thornless Rose bush. I have read that birds like to eat the berries on the Holly and rose hips from roses.

  2. emys

    emys Songster

    Nov 19, 2008
    The rose could work if you fence off the roots area (to protect it from digging feet and too much nitrogen in the chicken poop) and then trellis the rose outward to create shade.
  3. CAdreaming

    CAdreaming In the Brooder

    May 2, 2011
    Cherokee County, GA
    I am looking at doing the same thing. I had a branch break off of a large bush in a past storm so I tossed it in my run just to see if I liked the look & if the chicks would like it (the branch was the size of a small bush). I really liked the look & my chicks LOVED crawling through, around & under it. My problem is height. I want a bush but I don't want to have to keep it trimmed down to fit in my covered run... I have enough other lanscaping to take care of!! Of your two choices, I'd choose the rose bush since the holly has the potential of reaching 30ft!! I have actually thought about growing small blueberry bushes on the outside so they can have the berries on one side & I can have the other [​IMG] Would like to find something evergreen also.
  4. mywifewasonherenowiamalso

    mywifewasonherenowiamalso Chirping

    Apr 27, 2011
    i thought about it also but was concerned about raccoons and cats or whatever useing them to their advantage.
    and chickens roosting on them at night exposed to owls.

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