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HELP! How do I replenish barren ground in my chicken run?

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My chickens free range all day but if I am not home I leave them in the coop and accessible run. It has not taken long for the ground in my run to become dry and barren and it just looks ugly. How can I fix this? I thought about tilling in there and planting but I figured the chickens would just scratch it up before anything had the chance to grow.


Edited by Texasbirdlady - 3/5/16 at 4:20pm
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There isn't a lot you can do unless you are able to section off areas to give it a chance to recover. I've got grass growing in the end of mine and I let it on it for a couple of days every few weeks. More than that though and they just turn it back to dirt.

If you can keep the wire tight enough you can also run chicken wire between two thick timber sleepers so they can only peck off the green bits that grow up above the wire. I made mine a bit too far apart though and it's sagged so they ate it to the ground. Probably small rectangles would work better than the long one I did.

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Aussie Mum to
our sizzle Al

our neurotic Partridge Silkie Penny

and our sweethearts the Salmon Favorelles girls, Colonel , Winry & Carl
And our big girls the Australorps, Pepper, Blackie and Tonio

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The other thing you can do is start dumping organic material in your run - wood chips, chopped leaves, grass clippings, etc.  Think deep litter "forest floor".  The microbes in it will help break down the waste, attract bugs and worms, and give the chickens something to dig through.

 

The grazing frames are a great idea, too.  You can plant fodder and the wire cover will keep the roots safe as the chickens eat the tops.

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Do a search for 'Deep Litter Method', it will explain how and why this method works. We do this on our run, it's very easy to maintain and the chickens love it.
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Does deep liter work in rain?
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Works very well in the rain, just keep it deep enough so the the water will not pool.

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Heat the nesting boxes to stop eggs from freezing.

Forever Water Heater one that lasts.

Unfrozen Nipple Watering for those cold days.

Removing dust the easy way.

Quick and Easy 5 Gallon Waterer.

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