Are chickens bad for the grass?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Threelittlehens, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. Threelittlehens

    Threelittlehens New Egg

    Mar 25, 2012
    I put my chickens in their run on the grass yesterday and the day before. Now there's a huge brown patch where the run was. I think they ate all the grass! Will it grow back, and is it safe to put my chickens on the grass again?
  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Safe for chickens yes. With birds confined to a run, I move run frequently, sometimes daily to protect grass from digging and over grazing. Grass can be killed and new plant community may not be desired.
  3. bird boy

    bird boy Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 1, 2012
    If your chickens have not dug up the roots and all the grass should grow back. If you move the run everyday the chickens will eat what they need and in return deposit fertilizer. The grass should grow back shortly. If left to long in one area the chickens can desimate the vegetation and you will have to re-seed or re-sod. The grass is so good for the birds though.
  4. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    Chickens are good at destroying everything in their path. If you confine them to a section of your yard, garden, anything that grows - they will, eat, dig, and destroy it. They look cute doing it but the area will look pretty bad afterward.

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