Ok, I'm realizing I can't have a nice yard with (4) hens digging! They don't dust bathe in these holes nor do they cool off in them, they just dig & dig & dig! In the evening I have them go back to their Run/Coop, fill holes and dirt's missing! They have a huge bin full of nice clean topsoil in their Run to bathe in but haven't seen them bathe in it but have seen them sitting in it.
I've got 2 EEs & 2 RIRs who just started laying, I've had RIRs in the past but don't recall all this digging! Every evening after they're in their Run/Coop, I refill holes which they'll dig again the next day or find another area to dig. My Run/Coop is large enough that I could keep them locked in but they're used being let out & their pacing the door is hard to watch.
I live in a residential area, let them loose in the back grassed yard when I'm home. I've found a use for all the empty mulch bags (filling holes), I cover around the base of my plants & areas I'm trying to regrow grass....I've got CDs hanging from some of my plants & CDs covering some bald areas....I've got pinwheels surrounding some plants....I'm loosing this battle ha ha.
I want my yard back but do love the antics they provide. Are there any breeds that don't dig as much or deep? Do the bantams, Seramas and/or Silkies dig least?