We are putting in a lawn in the backyard. we need a lawn in back because we have chickens who need to graze something while in their tractor and the dirt gets muddy when it rains, making it undesirable to walk on or let my toddler play out back. When dry, I have hard packed dirt with some lovely weeds in a few patches currently. When it rains-the dirt gets areas of standing water-more percipitation-more puddles...so we are thinking of adding a french drain too. The dirt is not very level, and I have read conflicting information on here as to how to go about getting ideal grazing turf. enhancing existing turf without roto tilling-adding sod-roto tilling and planting grass seed... i don't think commercial sod that is totally chemically enhanced will work for chickens-the soil isn't too hard, the green mesh always comes out, it tends to stay muddy and its full of chemicals. I don't think our yard should be rototilled since that will change the consistency of the soil- to be too light and loamy-easily scratched up-but new grass seed won't really take on that hard surface unless i keep it muddy for ages and even then the local finches and sparrows will likely clean up. I don't know what type of grass will handle chickens and our climate best---marathon and blue grass and some type of fescue seem to be the most popular here...our front lawn has really dense growth-its fescue. I really would like to plant a bunch of weeds and variety of grasses and just use the chicken tractor and our goose keep it managed. Is anyone aware of a way to get a bunch of weed seeds-types that dont have those awful stickers? I don't really know how to go about this but I do know I would like it to happen soon and I would also like it to hold up to chickens. I would appreciate any advice as to what works or experience on what not to do.