what type of grass should I plant

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by killions123, Feb 21, 2010.

  1. killions123

    killions123 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 9, 2009
    Ashland OH
    I live in northeren ohio and have a 55' x40' run for my 13 chickens. The problom is due to all the snaow this year the spot i shovelled for them about 15' x 10' has turned to mud. What would be the best type of grass to re plant over it. Thanks Chris
  2. mailmamm

    mailmamm Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 29, 2009
    Rainier WA
    I'm in Western Washington and am setting up my coop and run. I also would like to know what type of grass/grain to plant to give my hens good greens.

    Alice in Chickenland
  3. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Don't worry about it. It won't have time enough to grow. Chickens will have it torn up again before it has time to root.
  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I have to agree, chickens and grass do not combine well. They will scratch it all up in less than 30 seconds. If you really want to see them work fast, turn them loose in your flowerbeds!

    Best thing you can do is lay down sand and/or gravel. I have seen boxes formed of 2 x 4's with hardware cloth on top. The grass is planted inside the box and the chooks can only eat it as it grows up through the hardware cloth. I would think any organic rye grass seed would be okay. Just watch out for the chemicals.
  5. Dust Bunny

    Dust Bunny Chillin' With My Peeps

    enchanted grass [​IMG]
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    You can plant it, but it won't last. They'll have it shredded into dirt in a weeks time. just sayin'.....
  7. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    The only way this would work is if you're using pen rotation: locking your chickens out of part of their run while the grass grows, then when you allow them into this part of the run, seeding the other part, etc.

    I'm experimenting with something similar to that this year: I have a chicken tractor that I move around our yard every day or so, which allows the grass to survive (mostly). This year I'm going to sow cereal rye grass and millet seed in our back yard, and skip mowing entirely.
  8. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 17, 2008
    Gainesville, Fl.
    I will say that if you use sod instead of sprigging or using seed, it will have a better chance of lasting for a while.

    We over-seeded the backyard with LOTS of winter rye this year and it is lovely...and the chickens have NOT torn it up. There are a couple of areas that didn't have much grass in the first place and those are more bare...but overall, it did well.

    We had the agricultural extension agent out to make recommendations about seeding for establishing a warm weather grass and they recommended for our area and the amount of shade that we have, argentine bahia. We'll be putting it out this week and will overseed the already established rye grass. That way the rye will help the bahia get firmly rooted before the rye dies when the weather gets hot.

    This is about 1/3 acre that I'm talking about and we have had 15 large fowl chickens on it during the day.
  9. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada


    Good luck, have fun,

  10. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I have grass with chickens.
    They, 4 hens, free range in the backyard about 6000sf, about 4000 sf of grass. Even then there are patches they look less than great. They can do a lot of damage. Someone on here recommends 450 sf per chicken to keep grass. I think that might just barely work if you were in a snowy area that they cannot get to the grass in the winter. Good luck

    Imp- I do encourage them to scratch in the mossy areas.

    Taken last April

    Last edited: Feb 22, 2010

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