grass?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by wannalive, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. wannalive

    wannalive Out Of The Brooder

    55
    0
    39
    Sep 5, 2011
    tamms/elco Illinoiis
    i know it is probibly a lost cause, but is there any tricks to keep grass in your run.. they eat/scratch it down so fast. i have no real reason for this other than cosmetic, and well with winter coming(freezing and thawing) i am sure it will be a nasty mess. plus spring rains.. so does anybody have any tips..
     
  2. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Have a larger run and maintain it with water and fertilizer. My " yard" is about 40x 50, which also includes my fenced raised gardens, four 16x8 garden beds. My chickens get the aisles which have grass. Bermuda in summer, rye/ clover in winter. The shaded areas are gravel. I've been getting a little mustard to gow in the gravel/ shade.
    I irrigate and fertilize the grass, which isn't much for 20 chickens but it's still enough that I have to mow it frequently.
     
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2011
  3. lorain's fids

    lorain's fids Chillin' With My Peeps

    659
    15
    123
    Jul 9, 2011
    New Jersey
    Quote:what do you use for fertilizer?
     
  4. kizanne

    kizanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,174
    47
    161
    Mar 28, 2011
    Tallahassee, FL
    search BYC for salad bar.

    whole thread about them

    Idea is a 2x4 or 2x frame with a chicken wire top. The grass grows threw for chickens to eat but they can't eat it down to root or scratch it up.
     
  5. wannalive

    wannalive Out Of The Brooder

    55
    0
    39
    Sep 5, 2011
    tamms/elco Illinoiis
    what fertilizer do you use that is safe for the chickens?
     
  6. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

    2,050
    186
    271
    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    Why do you fertilize when the chickens are doing it for you?
     
  7. MIKE555444

    MIKE555444 Chillin' With My Peeps

    959
    22
    143
    Jun 8, 2009
    Pliny, West Virgina
    Quote:This seems to be a great idea... I plan to test it next spring [​IMG]
     
  8. kizanne

    kizanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,174
    47
    161
    Mar 28, 2011
    Tallahassee, FL
    I have two and I love it , so do the chickens. I wouldn't do the whole are though because the wire is hard on their feet.
     
  9. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

    7,544
    172
    316
    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    Quote:x2
     
  10. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,831
    108
    221
    Mar 30, 2009
    the South
    Quote:Just turn them loose! No problems save predators and they can be held at bay with a good dog and traps.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by