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Intant turf chicken debarkle.

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I am getting an instant turf delivered for our backyard and I am wondering how long I have to keep the chickens from ripping it up.
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You mean how long will it take them to stop killing it? Forever. Chickens will tear up a lawn whether they are 4 months old or 4 years old, whether it has been there for 1 year or 10. Back when we got chickens the first time, the 6 of them took 6 months to turn a brand new 20x50 lawn into a large patch of dirt.

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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Ditto QM......Especially new turf/sod that is not rooted in yet......if you want to keep it, keep the birds totally off of it.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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We have coastal grass in a 1300sq feet area, 21 birds total (lost one) and they havent managed to destory any of it. Matter a fact it seems to like the chickens poop alittle much it has spread like wild fire my yard has no more bald spots and normally by now its completely dead thanks to the weather but it hasnt died either.
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