2500 sq ft pasture, 18 chickens

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by laura625, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. laura625

    laura625 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    will they devastate it?
    If I let the chickens out into this yard when the plants are tall enough, and leave them there through fall, will the yard become a barren mud pit?
    looking to plant it with a foraging mix.
    I've been searching but cant find out how many birds( standard size)can live in a given area with out killing all the plants
    Thanks
     
  2. 2500 square feet for 18 birds?? Nah, you should be fine
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I don't know, but I hope you come back in the fall and tell us how it went!
     
  4. akovia

    akovia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sure they will. Chix eat everything they can find until there is nothing left! If you can divide the space up you can control their grazing somewhat while giving the resting areas time to recover and grow. Be sure to let us know how it goes!
     
  5. bacpacker

    bacpacker Out Of The Brooder

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    They absolutely will eat it to dirt. I have a 2048 sq' run and 11 birds. it was dirt in less than three months. I will be building at least 3 times that size later this year and rotate them thru each section to give the grass a chance to recover.
     
  6. FenikT

    FenikT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @ least 400sq ft per bird is the minimum your sod can reasonably withstand, both from an annual forage and manure load perspective. Considering you have 3x the recommended amount of birds in a 2500sq ft area, you can probably expect to only sustain said parcel for perhaps 4 months.
     
  7. laura625

    laura625 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I sure liked that answer Animallover. but, it's not looking great...
     
  8. sorry bout that, my calculations were off. I was thinking 150-200 square feet per chicken.
     
  9. laura625

    laura625 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I probably will, aart.[​IMG]
     
  10. laura625

    laura625 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oic, animal lover, thanks.
    Thank you, FenikT, very helpful info. how do you know it's 400'?
    thanks, each of you.
    hmm, gonns be a little tricky finding room now....
     

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