What kind of grass to grow?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by linda85, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. linda85

    linda85 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 2, 2007
    We have a very small flock of four hens in our backyard. Their grassy area has pretty much just died, and am wondering what to put down. I want something safe for them, not seed that's chemically engineered, since they'll probably just eat the seed too.
    What's a good thing to grow. I would like for them to be able to eat the green grass again soon since they really liked it.

  2. sunnydee

    sunnydee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2008
    I really don't think you will be able to grow grass from seed with the chickens in it. They will just gobble all the seeds down in a matter of minutes. Is there a way you can pen off another area for their run while the other has a chance to grow?

    I plan to move my run this spring so grass will grow back in their old area. My run is put together with screws so it will be fairly easy to take apart and put off the the other side of their coop.
  3. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    I would like to know what size of a pen would be required to actually have something growing and edible inside. You know, 1 chicken/1,000 square foot [​IMG]. . . okay, maybe 1 chicken/100 square foot, 1 chicken/50 square feet . . .

    Anyway, after having pens and seeing other chicken-keepers' pens, I went for a "sunporch" on the coop I have now. During times when there's actually some lawn to be seen, rather than all this snow [​IMG], the birds get out most every day. They do eat a lot of grass.

    I've tried to watch closely - there's a lot of clover in my backyard. But, it is the grass that they are eating most often. The hens seem to prefer it to everything else growing out there - weeds [​IMG], clover, herbs, etc.

    The lawn is a mix of bluegrass and fescue along with the clover. Something some folks do is to buy annual rye seed (large seed that looks like wheat) and grow it in a tub in the henyard. They cover the tub with hardware cloth so the birds can't dig it up but as the rye grows thru the wire mesh, they can eat it.

  4. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    I planted some grass last year on a patch that was bare....... I got to see the little green shoots coming out - then it was gone. [​IMG]

    I am going to try again next spring, I will lay some plastic fencing stuff on top so the chickens can't SCRATCH, they might still eat it all but we'll see.
  5. linda85

    linda85 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 2, 2007
    Thanks everyone. I am going to use that tub idea and also trying to fence off an area from the girls to have a chance to grow some grass again.
  6. dirtfishing1

    dirtfishing1 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 5, 2007
    Blue Ridge Mtns VA
    Try your local farm store and see if they have clover seed. it goes fast and spreads fast, the seeds are very very tiny and the chickens LOVE clover. A small bag will seed a good size area.

  7. alpinefarm

    alpinefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 6, 2008
    Western Colorado
    I noticed EasyChicken has a diverse grass seed mix listed.

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