Ok, so I have read a lot of posts and information here and around the web. I am confused. I see some folks, albeit it seems a smaller number, have success with having chickens free ranging and yet they manage to have thick and wonderful grass. Others, the larger number, have a barren yard as chickens have scratched it all up. Enter my yard. Half my yard is green as can be and quite lovely-very well established grass. The other half is a mud/dirt pit with just a smattering of weeds they don't like. Why? The half that is barren was not a thick or establised grass, so I guess that is why they scratched what was there into oblivion. So what i am wondering based on this-if chickens have enough space and 'alternate entertainment', in the form of yummy gardens for them to scratch etc, if i had a nice thick established grass, is there any way i might be able to have grass? I may be delusional, but trekking thru ankle deep mud to feed horses and clean coops, especially in the cold wind and rain, well, it is making me dream of grass. Sigh. I have been researching alternative ground covers/lawn options, but am baffled as to what to do. Then i stare over at the half of my yard that is green and lovely and lush and just shake my head. I so need some guidance, advice, suggestions, pretty please! Thank you!