We are looking to build a fence in the backyard to keep the chickens out of the human space. We'd also like to plant some vining herbiage to beautify this barrier. Can a fence be constructed that serves also as trellis for roses/grapes/etc? Or will the birds' appetite for green leafy matter be too much discouragement for young plants? Should t-posts and chicken wire be avoided? And if so which materials offer a preferable alternative?
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Last two years we have grown sunchokes along the fence of the chicken pen. The birds eat all shoots that grow withing reach. Sunchokes grow tall so it is not long before the leaves are out of reach.
I dig up the roots in fall and replant some and feed the rest to the birds in fall and early winter.
Our chickens would appreciate the shade. Keep enough food on their side of the fence until the plants get going, and set them back at least a foot from the wire and it should work just fine. I wouldn't try it with peas though, those are just too tempting. I like the idea of roses and grapes, shade but you can keep it clear at ground level to keep the air circulation.