Vine coverage for runs to help with the heat.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Dilly, Jun 8, 2008.

  1. Dilly

    Dilly Cooped Up

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    Lots of people are asking about planting vines to cover the runs in order to provide shade for their chcikens.

    So, I thought why not a thread about just that.

    Pictures of already established vines and runs would be very helpful.

    Or suggestions as to what would be safe and appealing.

    I know that beans and berries are used often.

    Anyone have any flowery suggestions.
    The potato vine works good, green leafs, purple flowers. Dies off in winter. Fast growing.

    Please add your suggestions and pics.
     
  2. setter4

    setter4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I planted some morning glory on mine but it is still small. We'll see if it grows quickly enough to do any good.

    Jackie
     
  3. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    When we redo our pen, we might plant grapes. An overhead trellis loaded with grapevines would be great for shade and protection.
     
  4. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

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  5. austinhart123

    austinhart123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they sell fake vines at home goods and stores similar. i have them on my dogrun
     
  6. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

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    OOOooooo fake vines are a good idea!
     
  7. DuckLady

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    Quote:I want to be a Holderread's duck in my next life. [​IMG]
     
  8. Eggseronious

    Eggseronious Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Plant pole beans about 4-6 inches apart and water then good also spray them with Miracle Grow Bloom at 1/2 rate 2 times per week until beans set on. Have beans, meat, and eggs too.[​IMG]
     
  9. Buff Hooligans

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    I set some pots against the run and grew Scarlet Runner Bean on strings going up to the top of the run.

    This year I'm doing cherry tomatos and morning glories.
     
  10. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Just remember when you're planting to leave enough space that you still have some good airflow through the pen.
     

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