Wheat grass

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by rehric00, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. rehric00

    rehric00 Songster

    Apr 3, 2013
    Hey Guys!

    I am getting ready to start planting some type of hearty grass in the chicken pen so that it will grow up before the chicks get here. I will have about a quarter acre. I used to grow wheat grass in pots for my birds, but I was thinking about what would happen if I just spread the seeds in the pen, and mixed it with other grass seed.... Would it grow like grass? Could I mow it to keep it short and grassy?

  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    How about a pasture mix? Or a wild bird mix? Variety is best, although it depending on your flock size, very little may actually grow for long. Shrubs and herbs are good too, and mint. Mary
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    They'll love that!!
    ...and it'll all be gone within a week or two, depending on size of pen and number/age of birds.

    Look into grazing frames, if your birds are confined and you want to provide them with live greens to nibble on:


    1/2" hardware cloth for grass-like leaved plants(sod and grains)
    1 x 2" fencing for larger leaved plants.
    When fresh planting seed I stack a second frame on top until roots are established or they pull the whole plant out.

    I like the one at the top best and am converting the others over.
    Ripped a half inch off the 2x4's and used it to cover mesh edges to avoid cut feet and subsequent infection (bumblefoot).


  4. rehric00

    rehric00 Songster

    Apr 3, 2013
    I had an idea almost identical to this! *great minds think alike* ;)

    I was going to use 2x4s or 1x2s, make frame, and considered putting come small casters on it to wheel it around easily. I was thinking about doing a big one- 4ft x 6 ft maybe? I figured the girls could walk on it, eat the grass, but not disturb the roots.

    At the moment, I do not have any hens. I ordered some chicks, but chose not to get them till June 1st, so i have time to install a good fence. The pasture I am planning will be half wooded, half grass. I will be rather upset if they do not venture into the wooded area and only eat the grass [​IMG] but i guess they will do what they want... the last group I had would not go into the woods. I was thinking, if I plant some wheat grass now, it will have a good 2-3 months to establish- but I am not sure if it is too cold to yet- Im in northern IN, and our temps are still 40s and close to freezing at night.

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