will gourds survive if planted around the run fence??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ThreeGlovers, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. ThreeGlovers

    ThreeGlovers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2008
    Beebe, Arkansas
    Has anyone tried to plant gourds around the outside of their chicken runs? Those dipper gourds. Maybe the little ornamental types? I was thinking that it would help with shade and I wouldn't have to build a seperate trellis for them to grow on.

  2. 2468Chickensrgr8

    2468Chickensrgr8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2007
    Well from my experience with my girls when I have let them free range and they get into my vegetable garden and find any of my gourds ripe or not ripe ....if one manages to get a little hole started through the skin ...everyone will take turns at eating the gourd...but I dont really mind because I mostly plant my gourds to fed the girls anyways...they love them....they also like the Tomato's....green or red.....
  3. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    You need about 2 ft clearance because the roots are rather large. I'll be growing gourds, squash, pumpkin and sunflowers outside my run this summer. Had a few last year. But my hens are a closed flock, so I bring the treats into the run, except for small plantings like nasturtiums that grown into the run...
  4. setter4

    setter4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2008
    Central Pennsylvania
    I tried to plant some vines around mine last summer...HA. The hens kept them pecked back to almost nothing. You can't plant ANYTHING GREEN where they can reach it! lol

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