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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 7:58 pm 
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hi all,

i have a mammoth cage that i use to rear young birds up to adults and when it is not full of young it is an "overflow pen".

i have planted a heap of native reeds around, and im planning on planting some lucerne bushes.
also have jasmine and other climbers planted around the cage so they grow up the walls.

any ideas on plants that are good for sometimes wet, good soiled ground, and for chooks to live safely with?
any help wouold be great :)

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How about a collection of mints - common mint, eau-de-cologne, vietnamese. My chooks don't like to eat them and they would cover the moist ground for you. Daylilies are safe but might get eaten.

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yeah mints sound good. im planting some wormwood in the corners and one in the centre soon.
i just want it kind of like thick with all different varieties of plants. it makes the cage look more exciting and the chooks would just like chillax in like a semi natural environment. the whole idea of chooks being able to forage around, in, and on top of plants makes me feel as though they would be happier and getting more excercise.

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I have planted some bamboo, not the thin type that goes crazy though. It is a thicker stem variety that is very tall and only spreads slowly. It provides a good wind break and shade and as I have malay game i thought it might remind them of home. :lol: :lol:

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I have planted some bamboo, not the thin type that goes crazy though. It is a thicker stem variety that is very tall and only spreads slowly. It provides a good wind break and shade and as I have malay game i thought it might remind them of home.


THAT IS A PERFECT IDEA!!
it would give it an oriental appearance :lol:
that would actually work out really well, because it looks nice, creates shade and shelter.

thanks :D

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be careful with what type of bamboo you plant as some of it can be VERY invasive. Actually I think most of it is and it's a real pain to try and get rid of. I hope you don't have any neighbors whose yard it can invade. Speaking from experience here too. :)

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I don't know the botanical name of my bamboo but it is very slow moving. It grows very high maybe 12 feet and has thick stalks about 1 inch +. The other thin type is very invasive and sends runners many mtrs in different directions. I would google it and find out which variety is the easyiest to control with chemicals if it did get out of hand. Mine seems to clump rather than run so its fairly easy to remove part of the outer clumps to keep it tidy. These clumps can be transfered to freinds or just burned. One reason i planted it was that my ducks and malays could find a good nest spot and it would be very hard for crows to see the eggs from above. Thats the plan anyway.

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The difference isn't in the size of the bamboo, there's certainly thin clumping bamboo. There is a way to tell them apart from the layout of the leaves. I"ll see if I can find it.


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Ok, the difference seems to be in the roots, not the leaves...

Anyway, this site has a picture of clumping bamboo roots, where the new culms come up next to the old ones, whereas in running bamboo, there are long shoots, like couch grass.

http://www.mrbamboo.com.au/clumping_bam ... amboo.html

Heres a couple more

http://www.bamboowholesale.com.au/html/bamboo.html
http://www.burkesbackyard.com.au/factsh ... Bamboo/148


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Well another trick is to plant the bamboo in big pots, then you can move it around for shade /shelter as needed and it won't take over.


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yeah no neighbours, and have plenty of room for it to spread :D

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I have just planted giant timber bamboo in my pen, it is a large clumper.

I also have hibiscus, roses, geraniums, geisha girls, mulberry (white and black), rose apple, loquat, pomegranate, pummelo, lemon, mandarin, bougainvillea and grapes there is probably more but that is all I can think of at the moment.

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Hi All

I am planning for some chooks in the vegie garden and have a chook shed in place with a shade house attached as their "run-around room" when not out "tractoring" the vegie beds. The shade house has an irrigation system with microsprays for our hot and dry South Australian climate.

I plan to get Bantams (I had no idea there were so many varieties of Bantams) which are quite small, and the shade house is quite tall (about 7-8 feet).

I would like to have some hanging baskets in there, and was wondering if strawberries growing in the same environment as chooks could be detrimental to the fruit (eg. parasites, etc)? That is, would it be better to grow a non-edible plant in the shade house?


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Hello

I cannot see any problem with growing strawbs in hangers in the chook pen in fact it is a great space saving attractive idea - might steal it :D
A bonus is that the bantams won't be able to reach them either
Actually many people including myself have our chooks either living with or foraging in the vegetable and herb gardens or have fruit trees as features in the pens.

Owing to space issues my chook pen is small now but I have many plants in pots and rotate them for the chook yard .These include many greens like parsley and basil and the Asian greens which are easy and fast growing . I always plant more than we can eat and the girls love it when a whole Bok Choy gets thrown in the pen. That would be the favourite apart from geraniums which they destroy so that pot does not go in anymore ! Apparently miniture roses are delicious too !!

They like the chilli bush too.When we had acres the favourite was free roaming pumpkin vines.They never ate it but had the time of their lives playing and hiding in it and I am sure it save the lives of many chicks from hawks etc and a big temptation for the broodies to want to nest under. The first vine self planted but it was such a success we were never without one after that

Go for the strawbs and good luck with the climate these days

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You could plant a trailing spinachy thing in the hanging plants, and the chooks could eat the tips but not trash the whole plant. Warrigal greens (tetragonia tetragonides) is a native spinach that actually trails quite nicely, and chooks go mad for it. It likes a regular water but doesn't need a lot of it, and quite likes partial shade as well.

Also it's nice for human consumption!! (blanch the leaves for a minute in boiling water first tho').

Some other excellent ideas in there too :)


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