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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Silkie-Feet, Dec 24, 2010.

  1. Silkie-Feet

    Silkie-Feet Songster

    Jul 16, 2010
    Ky, Kentucky
    my chickens always tear up every green thing in the run. i was just wondering if you could put bamboo in the run? it would provide shade, dosen't take up that much room, and i don't see how they could manage to eat it. please tell me if you have tried it, or if you beleve that it will (or won't) work, and why.

  2. bywaterdog

    bywaterdog Songster

    Dec 29, 2008
    How large is the run? If you are planning to have 36 chickens in there they will destroy most everything. Clumping bamboo is a good choice, but don't expect instant results with it. The plants will have to be protected ( wrapped in chicken wire ) at least for the first year, perhaps even the second until it becomes well established.

    I had several large banana plants 10-12" in circumference and 15' tall in my run that were "cut down" and eaten by my birds, I thought that the bananas were indestructible.
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2010
  3. seedcorn

    seedcorn Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    NE. IN
    horseradish will survive. At least mine does. Plus the large leaves give them shade.
  4. gsim

    gsim Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    East Tennessee
    Quote:Bamboo indeed will grow in a chicken pen. However it must be protected first until established. If allowed to get dense, it is a great place for snakes and rats too. I know a man who planted a mulberry tree in his pen. Actually it may have been there already. His chooks are always up in the thing hopping from branch to branch eating the mulberries. [​IMG]

    I am going to plant 3 or 4 Cherry tomato plants in my run this coming spring. I will keep the chooks from them until they bear well then let them plunder them at will.
  5. BlackBart

    BlackBart Songster

    Mar 29, 2009
    Maybe grow plants in some big pots and switch them when the chickens start to destroy them. Gives the plant a rest and time to recuperate until its turn comes up again.
  6. theguy67

    theguy67 In the Brooder

    Dec 23, 2010
    Im not sure how slow people realize bamboo grows. I bought a plant last summer for the tortoise pen, and it hasnt grown that much. It may be from low nitrogen levels (which chickens would solve that) but i started to throw cow poo on it and hasnt started up yet. It spreads quickly just dosent grow up fast. BUT, it is an evergreen, soo it dosent die back.
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2010
  7. marquisella

    marquisella Songster

    Jan 30, 2009
    Make sure you get "clump" bamboo, not the kind that spreads. Clump bamboo stays in one space and gets thick, bamboo that spreads will grow all over and be impossible to contain.


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