Using latice for the run. Good climbers for color?

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

  1. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2010
    Western Washington
    Hi All! We're building our run out of latice sheets and I'm wondering what plants I could plant around it to give it some color. At first I was thinking columbine but I think those are poisonous. Climbing roses are expensive and I'm not sure if they're durable enough to survive the ladies attentions from the other side.

    Any recommendations would be awesome!
  2. desireefawn

    desireefawn Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 17, 2011
    Peterborough, Ontario
    I've been wondering about doing something similar myself... mostly to shield my girls from nosy neighbours!
  3. karlamaria

    karlamaria Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2011
    Western montana
    sweat peas would be beautiful
  4. Justanother Brooke

    Justanother Brooke Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2011
    Goldendale, WA
    Quote:Aren't sweet peas poisonous?
  5. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    didn't think sweet peas were, but what about honeysuckle? If you went with annuals like sweet peas, cardinal vine (very pretty lacy foliage, bright red flowers) or other annual vines, if you didn't like the look, you could always change it the next year. The lattice will look pretty, but won't keep them safe from predators at night -- make sure they have a secure sleeping spot behind walls and a door. [​IMG]
  6. mikki717

    mikki717 My Drug of Choice- Chickens

    Dec 7, 2009
    Hesperia, CA
    how about grapevines? Free treats in fall... or ponegranate. Major yumminess factor, but not a lot of eye candy.
    Bush beans or different greern baen varieties,,, this giei give treats on your side of the fence, but the girls get wgat grown on their sid.
    Last edited: May 3, 2011
  7. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2010
    Western Washington
    I'll definantly look into everything listed so far. I just want to give the white latices a splash of color and make things look pritty.

    Crtrlovr- They do have a secure coop for the night and we will be installing some hardware cloth to the bottoms of the latices to help prevent digging as well. Plus a salad bar along one of the more suseptable areas. Honestly, we're not too worried about predators. We're in suburbia so barring the stray dog or random racoon there's not too much going here. And we will also have a top secured to the run to keep climbers or birds of prey out as well.
  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Quote:If these are the white PVC lattice panels, this is probably relatively OK at least for a while til they start to get brittle. If however you mean the wooden lattice panels, I would suggest DON'T DO IT, they are far too easy for dogs or raccoons to rip apart. If you want the lattice look, honestly the best way of doing it is to make a proper wire run fence and simply attach lattice (of whatever sort, since it no longer performs a structural role) TO that fencing.

    Can't suggest plants without knowing your USDA growing zone, climate, sun, soil, etc.

    Good luck, have fun,

  9. flowergirl60

    flowergirl60 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Austin Tx
    I have grapevines growning on my lattice.
  10. Bengalcats1

    Bengalcats1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2011
    I like lattice a lot, But I didn't use any because I can't see my chickens thru it, isn't that silly? I like to sit outside and watch them scratch around and do their thing and you can barely see them thru lattice...just a thought

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