Suggestions for Safe Plants in Run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Debbi, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. Debbi

    Debbi Overrun With Chickens

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    My coop/run is almost done! My chooks will be so happy, as will I. The top of the run is fenced in and has support beams extending from the coop to the side top rails. This looked like a perfect place for me to hang some flower baskets! Going one step further, I thought about a vining type of plant that will add shade to the top of the run for them.

    Does anyone have any good, pretty, and SAFE, as in non-poisonous, vine type plants I could use? I don't want anything that could shed poisonous seeds or leaves into the run. I live in central Missouri if that helps any. Thanks!! [​IMG]
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Almost ANYTHING you put in a run will be devoured by your chickens.
     
  3. Debbi

    Debbi Overrun With Chickens

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    I know that. That is why I figured I would hang potted plants from the rafters to grow over the fence roof. Nothing down on their level, either in or on the outside of the run.
     
  4. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

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    My chickens loved to spend hot days underneath the Euryops that are planted in my yard. A couple even tried to nest underneath them. The plants grow fast and have woody stems/stalks, so the chickens couldn't massacre them before they grew up. I think they realized that having the shade they provided was better than eating the plant... [​IMG]

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    I plan on planting a few more along the fence of my run, they have lovely yellow flowers that seem to ALWAYS been in bloom. Plus they are very, very drought tolerant.
     
  5. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    Hi Debbi, I have grape vines planted inside my run. You can buy vines at your local nursery that have a central trunk that is 4-5' tall, with the vines growing from the top. That keeps most chickens from reaching the tips of the vines. They do love to eat them and it was GREAT fun watching them jump up for the low-growing grapes. My run is 4' X 40' and three vines distributed along it's length cover it well. This fall I will plant snow pea pod vines to take place of the grapes once the first frost takes out the grape leaves. Here is a recent pic:
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  6. Mtn Cur

    Mtn Cur Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah...... I don't think any plant would be safe with chickens, they're pigs with feathers.
     
  7. Debbi

    Debbi Overrun With Chickens

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    Thank you Gallo, that's what I had in mind! [​IMG] Snow peas sound like a good idea too. I also thought of Nastursiums to put in the pots that will hang from the beams. The roof is 6 foot tall, so the chickens won't be getting to the plants. Even if they did, nastursiums are edible. Grapes sounds like a great idea, one for you, one for me, one for you...[​IMG]
     
  8. lazyoranch

    lazyoranch Out Of The Brooder

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    I need help with identifying non-poisonous vines too. Please post a list of non-poisonous plants!
     
  9. buildingmyark

    buildingmyark Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is a list for birds in general, I believe.

    The following materials
    are not safe if toxic
    chemicals or insectides
    have been sprayed on
    them. Before installing
    them in any cage, scrub
    all branches with a
    non-toxic disinfectant
    (such as diluted chlorine
    bleach), then rinse and
    dry well.


    SAFE BRANCHES
    ASH
    CITRUS (ANY)
    DOGWOOD
    ELM
    EUCALYPTUS
    GUAVA
    MADRONA
    MAGNOLIA
    MANZANITA
    NUT (EXCEPT
    CHESTNUT & OAK)
    PAPAYA
    PINE
    PRUNE
    RIBBONWOOD
    SASSAFRAS
    THURLOW
    VINE MAPLE
    WILLOWS:
    (GOAT, PUSSY &
    WEEPING)
    http://www.parrot-and-conure-world.com/non-toxic-for-birds.html
     
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  10. buildingmyark

    buildingmyark Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Non-Toxic Foliage
    Foliage non-toxic for birds:

    ACACIA
    ALOE
    AFRICAN VIOLET
    BABY'S TEARS
    BAMBOO
    BEGONIA
    BOSTON FERN
    BOUGAINVILLEA
    CHICKWEED
    CHRISTMAS CACTUS
    CISSUS (KANGAROO VINE)
    COLEUS
    CORN PLANT
    CRABAPPLE
    DANDELION
    DOGWOOD
    DONKEY TAIL
    DRACAENA VARIETIES
    FERNS: (BIRD'S NEST, BOSTON, MAIDENHAIR)
    FIGS: (CREEPING, RUBBER, FIDDLE LEAF, LAUREL LEAF)
    GARDENIA
    GRAPE IVY
    HEN AND CHICKENS
    IMPATIENS
    JADE PLANT
    KALANCHOE
    MAGNOLIA
    MARIGOLDS
    MONKEY PLANT
    MOTHER-IN-LAW (Are we sure?)
    NASTURTIUM
    NATAL PLUM
    NORFOLK ISLAND PINE
    ORCHIDS
    PALMS: (ARECA, DATE, FAN, LADY, PARLOUR, HOWEIA, KENTIA, PHOWNIX, SAGO)
    PEPPEROMIA
    PETUNIA
    PITTOSPORUM
    PRAYER PLANT
    PURPLE PASSION
    ROSE
    RUBBER PLANT
    SCHEFFLERA
    SENSITIVE PLANT
    SNAKE PLANT
    SPIDER PLANT
    SWEDISH IVY
    THISTLE
    VELVET NETTLE
    WANDERING JEW
    WAX PLANT
    WHITE CLOVER
    YUCCA
    ZEBRA PLANT
    ZINNIA

    http://www.parrot-and-conure-world.com/non-toxic-for-birds.html

    DISCLAIMER: Please do your own research to verify the information provided. If there is a particular plant that you are interested in using around your pets, research the characteristics of that specific plant.
     
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