Growing grass in coop run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Cheysr21, Mar 1, 2016.

  1. Cheysr21

    Cheysr21 Out Of The Brooder

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    So I just got a new coop since we are adding to our flock. We have a problem with predators that dig, such as raccoons and coyotes and opossums. So I have to have the bottom of the run have welded wire grate on the bottom. I was wondering if anyone has ever tried growing grass through the welded wire, so chickens can have grass in their run. I hate when they are stuck in a wet muddy run when it rains. And the grass would make for easy cleaning and plenty of food for them to eat aside from feed.
    If I try it I'll let everyone know what happened. But if someone already has, I would appreciate some pointers.
     
  2. Nasnro

    Nasnro Out Of The Brooder

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    Never had it done but it should work with no problem. Keep us posted on how it goes.
     
  3. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    I don't have wire under my run inside, but I did put a hardware cloth skirt partway up, folded it outward at the bottom to make an apron, and secured it with landscape fabric. We were going to put heavy rock all around it, but we procrastinated. The grass around the run grew right up through the hardware fabric and it basically "disappeared"! It still does it's job...our English Setter Molly got overexcited the first day the chicks were let into the run. She paced and paced, and then decided she'd just dig under. Yeah, um, didn't work so well for her. She broke and bloodied a toenail, look back over her shoulder at the chicks like it was all their fault, and never bothered them again!! Ken can mow right over it up to the very edge of the run which deprives smaller critters places to hide, no tall grass OR rock crevices. So we are happy we did it that way.
     
  4. B-Goock

    B-Goock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you talking about having hardware cloth on top of the ground in the run? I tried to have two runs to alternate while the other grew up but what I found out is they chew it down so fast (like 1 day) that you have to reseed every time and wait a month or so. My solution was kind of like a walk on grow box so the chickens couldn't chew it down to bare dirt. They can only reach enough to keep the plants trimmed just like when you mow your yard.

    Heres a pic

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/content/type/61/id/6849430/
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I would not put wire on the ground in the run, they will scratch at it and hurt their feet/toes.....
    .....unless you cover it up with deep (8"+) litter, which will take care of your mud problem.

    If you want greens for chooks to nibble in confinement look at grazing frames.

    1/2" hardware cloth for grass-like leaved plants(sod and grains)
    1 x 2" fencing for larger leaved plants.
    When fresh planting seed I stack a second frame on top until roots are established or they pull the whole plant out.

    I like the one at the top best and am converting the others over.
    Ripped a half inch off the 2x4's and used it to cover mesh edges to avoid cut feet and subsequent infection (bumblefoot).
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    Last edited: Mar 1, 2016
  6. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    <smacks head> I missed the whole darn question again, didn't I? Can I blame the morphine and the nitro, even if that was a week ago?
     

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