Hey Folks! First post today happens to coincide with my first egg: very exciting stuff going on in the back yard! I've got a small yard with three hens, and I'm debating whether or not to bother laying some turf down: I don't want to waste my money if it's going to be scratched to dust in a couple of months! The total dimensions of the yard are 32' x 28': about 900 sq ft. Take out the landscaping around the edges, a raised bed for vegetables (fenced to keep the ladies out) the coop, and my deck, and the area I'd be laying sod in is only 15'x27': 400 sq feet. The bermuda that was in the yard when I bought the house died due to poor shade resistance and the fact that I had a huge brush pile in the middle of it for several months, and I'm considering installing St Augustine back there now that I have my deck built and all the landscaping done. My girls have full access to the yard all day and only get closed up at night to keep them safe from nocturnal predators, so they'd be foraging / scratching all day. They currently content themselves scratching around the base of shrubs and vines planted along the fence and nibbling on the giant cilantro plant growing out of a horse trough planter. Is grass a doomed endeavor? I think I know the answer is "yes it's doomed, they'll reduce it to dust in days", but I'd like to hear it from the community =) If so, any recommendations on alternative ground cover? Grazing frames look like they could be a great alternative, with the in-between space filled with mulch to protect against erosion.