Rebuild a yard this way?

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by funkyfarmstudio, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. funkyfarmstudio

    funkyfarmstudio New Egg

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    I just read this article from the homepage:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/composting-with-chickens

    and wondered if you could rebuild a yard that has been taken over by weeds this way? We have a large area that is infested with crabgrass, and for whatever reason can't even get grass seeds to sprout there after aerating. I'm thinking maybe I could fence it in and put the chickens to work over the winter on it - throw in some hay, leaves, etc. and maybe it would better for planting grass in the spring?

    What do you think?
     
  2. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays Premium Member

    I think it would depend on the size of your yard, the amount of compost you have and how many chickens you have. I might work for rebuilding a yard.

    We compost in a big wire bin (about 6' across and 4' high) ourselves, then sieve it through 1/4" hardware cloth then spread the fine compost on the chicken yard in early spring.

    Works for us; I couldn't find a picture of just the yard as it was before, but you can see how little grass there was originally in this picture behind the production rooster. We put up a small pen there first and tried to compost on site, but not sure it did a lot of good.

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    The same yard one year later after putting down about an inch of compost, raking it into the soil and spreading a little grass seed.
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  3. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

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    Cool link. I think it is worth a try.

    I make piles all over my yard,and let the chickens go at them.If there is a weedy spot I want to take over I just layer the piles deep,and then plant on top.I only restrict the chickens from spots where I have seedlings going in the summer.Rest of the year they are able to roam the yard.
     
  4. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow nice compost. We made one out of pallets and when the girls free roam they often stop in the compost bin. It helped break it down real quick after I mucked it up by putting too much pine shavings/hay/grass in it.

    When we redo the chicken run I plan on putting the compost bin right in their run and just doing a small door to open up and dump the stuff in to it.
     

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