Originally Posted by aart
They'll love that!!
...and it'll all be gone within a week or two, depending on size of pen and number/age of birds.
Look into grazing frames, if your birds are confined and you want to provide them with live greens to nibble on:
1/2" hardware cloth for grass-like leaved plants(sod and grains)
1 x 2" fencing for larger leaved plants.
When fresh planting seed I stack a second frame on top until roots are established or they pull the whole plant out.
I like the one at the top best and am converting the others over.
Ripped a half inch off the 2x4's and used it to cover mesh edges to avoid cut feet and subsequent infection (bumblefoot).
I had an idea almost identical to this! *great minds think alike* ;)
I was going to use 2x4s or 1x2s, make frame, and considered putting come small casters on it to wheel it around easily. I was thinking about doing a big one- 4ft x 6 ft maybe? I figured the girls could walk on it, eat the grass, but not disturb the roots.
At the moment, I do not have any hens. I ordered some chicks, but chose not to get them till June 1st, so i have time to install a good fence. The pasture I am planning will be half wooded, half grass. I will be rather upset if they do not venture into the wooded area and only eat the grass but i guess they will do what they want... the last group I had would not go into the woods. I was thinking, if I plant some wheat grass now, it will have a good 2-3 months to establish- but I am not sure if it is too cold to yet- Im in northern IN, and our temps are still 40s and close to freezing at night.