planting grass in coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chickens12, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. chickens12

    chickens12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what do you guys think about planting something like grass in the coop? cause right now its just bare dirt and can get very muddy at times so what do you guys think i could do?
     
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm pretty sure you mean "run", not "coop", and usually planting anything is a waste of time
     
  3. flappinhappy

    flappinhappy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    most commercial grass seed is chemically treated to prevent fungus and pest in the sprouting stages. I had good luck at my feed store with a bit of feed grade wheat milo and millet. It sprouted well and I scattered enough in there so that the hens scratching it and eating it covered enough to allow for a good cover of dirt. I did it just before a light rain and it worked wonders :)
     
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    It is pretty much an exercise in futility unless you have runs to rotate the chickens in and can let the grass grow - keep in mind that even if you do they will demolish it within a very short time.
     
  5. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agreed. You have to be careful with birds eating commercial seeds. And if are trying to grow grass by seeding they will just dig up and eat all the seed. They will completely destroy anything you plant pretty rapidly. If you really want grass and chickens somewhere you can use wire screen to keep them from digging but I would NOT do this in their run as it is not good for their feet to be standing on all the time.

    If you want greens for them I would suggest sprouting grains or growing fodder.
     
  6. RonC

    RonC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've seem planter boxes and covered with hardware cloth leaving a gap of a couple of inches to allow the vegetation to grow without being pulled up by the roots. Thought about trying it myself.
     
  7. hallerlake

    hallerlake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rake up your leaves or pine straw and out them/it in your run. Covering the run is helpful in keeping down the mud, too.
     
  8. farmergirl99

    farmergirl99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    DOn't do it.... I did it and they just ate all the seeds... If you put hay and logs in it automatically starts growing
     
  9. dace316

    dace316 Out Of The Brooder

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    I used scrap 2x4s and built rectangles of whatever size I could and covered them with hardware cloth. THen, I put them in the run (like little raised bed gardens) and sprinkled wheat seeds, marigold seeds, lettuce, whatever. The plants grow and the chickens can nibble through the hardware cloth, but can't scratch out the roots. After a few weeks, i'd move them, and start over--letting the hens have some fun scratching out what was planted (which usually only takes a few minutes)
     

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