Re-seeding Options?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by CritterFarmer, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. CritterFarmer

    CritterFarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    Our chickens currently get a fenced-in area (100' x 100') for their outdoor area, however after about a year it's been pretty tore up. It is going to be expanded in a few months to about 4x it's current size. We are also fencing in a slightly smaller area (100' x 50') which we can rotate them to temporarily while the bare portion re-seeds.

    I was thinking of re-seeding with clover, as it's fairly hardy and grows well here (Ontario). Any other ideas of quick growing seeds that do well in a chicken pasture?
     
  2. EricShane

    EricShane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    bird seeds very easy to grow, and you get a little variety of millets, sunflowers and things.
     
  3. flopshot

    flopshot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you can keep the seed intact ( not eaten ) anual rye grass is cheap grows quickly. it will die off when temps start to average over 70 F.
     
  4. SophieLain127

    SophieLain127 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what about diffrent types of fountain grass? I'm planning on doing a pea gravel sand mixture and planting diffrent types of sedums and fountain grass
     
  5. aidenbaby

    aidenbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you thought about dividing the larger area into 3-4 sections and doing a rotation? Then, you could have one that is actively used, one that is freshly seeded and one that is ready to go for rotation.

    Also, I googled fast growing ground covers and got a couple of different options. There are vines like Virginia creeper, grasses like dwarf mondo grass, and shrubs like Japanese spurge. I would be cautious about what to plant though as some plants can be highly invasive or even toxic. (On a side note: I am fond of mints for groundcovers as they smell heavenly when stepped on but again highly invasive.)
     

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