Types of plants to grow in coop or outside around run

Gallo del Cielo

La Gallina Resort & Spa
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May 6, 2010
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First,
There is a page of a list of plants that other BYC members have successfully grown in their runs and verbena is on that list. You will probably have to provide some protection for it, at least until it gets established. I have rosemary and lavender growing outside my run and grapevines inside and over top.
 

tiedyemommy

Songster
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Apr 13, 2014
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I hadn't even thought about growing any plans in/around the run. I have two young grapevines, but I don't think I want to put them where the flock can get to it...or else we'll have no grapes for ourselves. But the ladies will certainly enjoy the fruits of our vines, once the grapes start growing.


- TieDyeMommy
 

Gallo del Cielo

La Gallina Resort & Spa
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May 6, 2010
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Bought a grape bush
Your chickens will love it!

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You only have to protect them from the chickens during the first month or so of growth so the tips of the vines get out of jumping height. I have three grapevines inside the chicken run, we get all the grapes we could possibly eat and make raisins out of the rest. After the vines really get growing in summer, the chickens get all the grape leaves they can possibly eat.


Run in spring before the grape vines grow out:


Early summer:

 

tiedyemommy

Songster
5 Years
Apr 13, 2014
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Austin, Texas
Wow Gallo! That looks awesome! I might look into transferring my vines when they're old enough (right now, they're in portable, raised garden beds).


- TieDyeMommy
 

Gallo del Cielo

La Gallina Resort & Spa
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@KrazyKooKooKim , yes, all the greenery on the run is from the vines. The grapevines do best in full sun, but there are varieties that do better in partial shade too.
 

GregoryZubal

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Great idea on the grape vines. Been thinking of a way to put in something natural to help with drafts and drifts in the winter time.
 
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