Pooping in the yard

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by wolfsnaps, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. wolfsnaps

    wolfsnaps In the Brooder

    Oct 9, 2012
    Hi. I just got a coop with three chickens on Saturday and I love them already!

    I am trying to not be an overprotective mama and let them free range all by themselves (I have been acting as chicken security the last couple of days with supervised free ranging times due to the hawks I have here).

    While I am not overly concerned about the yard, is their poop beneficial to my yard or will it just kill the grass as they free range? I was just wondering.

    Thanks :)

  2. TurtlePowerTrav

    TurtlePowerTrav T.K.'s Farm

    Jul 29, 2012
    Oregon City, OR
    My Coop
    They will eat the grass before the poo does enough damage to notice. They love grass. I have had to use a sprinkler to keep some green around for them. Thankfully the rain is about to start up again here in Oregon.
  3. FrogDoc

    FrogDoc In the Brooder

    Mar 28, 2011
    We have a lot of grass, and our chickens poo on it all the time. We don't have any dead spots, but I try to discourage their being in the grass because I don't appreciate the kids tracking it into the house.

    Great job watching over your girls... you'll get more comfortable just letting them go free as time goes on.
  4. farmin4fun

    farmin4fun In the Brooder

    Mar 23, 2012
    Jackson, Michigan
    With only 3 chickens I don't think you will have a problem with their poop killing the grass except for maybe right in front of the coop door which would get the most traffic. In fact a little poop is simply good fertilizer.

    If you had them in a small run you may have problems as over time concentrated chicken poop can be too toxic for grass, but by free ranging only 3 chickens you should not have any problem.

    Good Luck!
  5. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    If they concentrate in one area it may eventually kill it off but on the whole 3 wouldn't be enough. Now ducks? you should see what my flock can do to grass [​IMG]

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