Chicken run

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by bfassett, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. bfassett

    bfassett Hatching

    Mar 2, 2011
    Hello, I am another new guy to BYC. My chicken run is about 15 feet by 20 feet. I currently have 6 chickens that have turned that area into bare ground (when it is not covered in snow). I can't let them run loose anymore because of the hawks (which killed 3 chickens last summer), so is it ok for my chickens to ALWAYS be in that area? They really love to roam the yard, but I have to protect them. Also, I always see pictures of chicken runs that appear to have plenty of chickens and still have nice lush green grass. How does this happen. Thanks for reading.
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  3. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing

    I think it is ok for you chickens to stay in their run. Think maybe on your days off you could let them out when you can keep an eye out for them?

    I wonder if runs that are plush are either new runs, or the chickens get rotated.
    Mine is bare.

    Glad you joined!
  4. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

    Jan 26, 2010
    Texas, Panhandle
    [​IMG] from Texas [​IMG]
  5. Wild Trapper

    Wild Trapper Songster

    Jan 1, 2011
    [​IMG] bfassett, from Ohio [​IMG] HAWKS [​IMG] If you've less than 6 hens you could build them a nice chicken tractor you could pull around the yard and not have to worry about them killing the grass, well for quite a while anyway. Don't work so good in snow. Ask me how I know. I have a large fenced in area for my chicken and it didn't take them long before they had anything they would eat cleared out, just the ugly weed grow out there now. I end up having to mow it a couple time in the summer. I've not lost any chickens in the fenced in area yet. When I let some range, in the past, I did lose a couple. Thanks for joining.
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2011
  6. Cacciatore

    Cacciatore Songster

    Jan 19, 2011
    San Pablo, CA
    Welcome from Northern California. [​IMG]
  7. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    Hello [​IMG] from Hesperia, Ca and [​IMG]
  8. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co
  9. terrilhb

    terrilhb Songster

    Dec 11, 2010
    [​IMG] from Ga
  10. babymakes6

    babymakes6 Gifted

    Feb 24, 2009
    far west Ohio
    You would need a very large run for it not to be bare. That sounds like a decent size for that many birds. Maybe you could make a second pen and rotate your chickens?

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