Restoring vegetation coverage

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by CarterCrazy, Apr 6, 2017.

  1. CarterCrazy

    CarterCrazy Out Of The Brooder

    May 26, 2015

    The grass got good and ruined last year when we decided to let our ducks hatch their eggs and we were overrun with ducks for a few months while we found homes for them. Now we have just 2 drakes and 7 hens, so no more worries about overpopulation LOL

    They do have access to the front and side yard which has grass coverage, but I'd like to restore their main area so they have a more lush environment. Doesn't necessarily need to be grass. Just something green for them to free-range on and get them from having to be in a dirt pit.

    What are my best options for re-growing vegetation for them on their side of the yard? I was looking to build a frame with mesh over top that grass can grow through, where they can stand on the frame and eat without trampling the ground beneath it, but I'd like to think there's an easier or better way to go about this. Thank you!
  2. chickenweirdo1

    chickenweirdo1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2016
    Fence off half of their run and plant grass seed and wait for it grow back.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    For anything to grow back there, you'll basically need to keep the critters off the area until the greenery is well established. Then, if you want it to stay green, you'll need to set up some sort of rotation system to rest each area. Keeping them on an area constantly just means there's no vegetation. Not sure how many birds you have in that area, and just how large it is. Can you divide it in half, and rotate between the two areas?

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