Reseeding grow out run

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

  1. fuzziecreatures

    fuzziecreatures Chillin' With My Peeps

    I wanted to reseed my grow out/bachelor coop run every winter. Where I live it gets quite cold over the winter and have no clue what would grow quickly enough to put 1 month old chicks on it in april or may. Today was quite warm, I'm hoping tomorrow will be nice too. My plan is to break down the old bachelor shelter and get the run ready to spread seed when appropriate. Something easily sustainable that won't deplete the soil.
    I would like to soil to not be muddy and stinky all summer. Any suggestions?
  2. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 2, 2009
    North Texas
    alfalfa? I dunno how fast growing it is though...
  3. oberhaslikid

    oberhaslikid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2008
    Winter wheat. it will sprout in three days.You can use Rye takes longer to sprout though.
    Iam getting ready to make a frame in my run with wire over the top. Fill with dirt and plant wheat.
    That way they can have green stuff they cant scratch up.
  4. cottagechick

    cottagechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2011
    Cottage Grove, Oregon
  5. Nonny

    Nonny Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    How about a traditional "green manure" crop like lupins or alfalfa?
  6. fuzziecreatures

    fuzziecreatures Chillin' With My Peeps

    Today I roughed up the run area and spread rye seed as the feed store was out of wheat. I then spread some leaves in a light sparse layer to cover the seed from the wild birds. I hope it sprouts and there is grass in the spring. It took about 4# of seed to cover the area. Its approx 10x20-25. The new grow out/bachelor coop will be 4x6 with a sloped roof and open front if I have my way. My DH doesn't want it to be complicated but since ill be ripping apart the pallets I might as well build it.
  7. Barred Rocker

    Barred Rocker cracked egg

    Jul 15, 2009
    King and Queen Co, Va
    I planted fescue in my run early last spring. It took 3 months for it grow thick enough and about a week for the chickens to strip it bare again. It's hard to grow anything that will last any amount of time unless you rotate runs every couple of months.
  8. fuzziecreatures

    fuzziecreatures Chillin' With My Peeps

    Im hoping to get more time in because they will be quite young when they go in. It will house my new chicks and some sort of meaty chick.

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