Originally Posted by patman75
I'm banning my chickens from freeranging because of the damage and peace of mind. I'm I going to fence in a large chicken pasture that is attached to their run and just let them in it when I'm home. The pasture will not be as secure as the run but will give them the extra space they want and will be full of clover and other goodies for them.
Only until they eat/scratch all that clover into dirt! I've had hens now for 8 months; they love to get into anything remotely edible, and the large chicken yard I fenced in for them is denuded mud! I think there is a method one guy used of making raised hardwire cloth areas that allows grass to grow up for them to graze, but doesn't allow them to scratch until the roots are dead... that's what I needed to do, and will likely do in one area in spring... otherwise, yes, they beg and beg until I let them into the yard. The veggie garden now has a large wire fence; the compost is covered by a tarp (oh, how they love the compost!! ) and the herb garden is next to be fenced off. Luckily right now the sapling trees have plastic covers for warmth, or they'd be gone. Also luckily, I have never in my life been able to manage a neat looking garden, so they hens only make it moderately worse.