Long days and a dry yard made for a long, long summer last year with my three suburban hens (bored hens=noisy hens I discovered). Im planning to plant a mini-pasture (I have no lawn) for them this year. I know that with all-day access they will destroy the pasture in short order so my plan is to have a fenced area of green growth and allow them in it for maybe a few hours a day. My question is what should I plant? Grains, legumes, a cover crop or plain old grass seed? I dont want to install sod because of all the chemicals the sod producers use but I would like something fast growing and easy to grow. Any input is greatly appreciated. I live in the mild climate of Northern California and the pasture area is partly shaded. Thanks in advance.