So I am at war with myself! I want my girls to be able to get out of their dirt run and get on some fresh grass, but we got worm issues when I started letting them. My 8 hens are in a fully hardware clothed run because of all the lovely predators we have around here. I had originally wanted to let them free range while we were outside, but we have hawks that dive bomb our yard and house even when we are out, so I can't guarantee I can keep them safe. The hawks have even crash landed into our run on a couple of occassions and it will sit in a tree above the run like it's waiting for us to screw upl Anyway, I had my husband build a little "daycare" pen for the girls to get some fresh grass in...that was in the spring. A couple weeks later we had worms, and being new at this I started with wazine, then tried to follow it up with natural means such as verm-x, but then had to go hardcore and give them 2 rounds of valbazen. We have missed practically the whole summer of eggs (we cant have them until the 24th of this month), and one of our girls died before I realized they had worms, and we've had 2 others in the house this summer resting to get better (one might have been heat related, but the other was definitely worms because she expelled a whole load of them after an interesting 24hrs with her. I would really LOVE to get them back on grass, but am gunshy now. Has anyone else had trouble related to getting their chickens grass? I thought I was doing something positive for them by letting them on the grasss, but it seemed to have backfired on me. Could it be because it was in the spring and very wet? Ugh! Not what I had in mind for my chickens when I decided to get some. I had visions of them roaming around the yard...makes me sad, but I'm not willing to feed the hawks either.