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Reseeding

Would it be a waste of time trying to reseed a chicken enclosure would anyone know.have a fairly big enclosure but the hens have it picked bare and it turned into a mud bath over the winter. If I cleaned it up and leveled it out would grass seed take in it or would the hens just eat all the grass seed and any shoots of grass that took.they are messy little so and sos. If I put out loads of seed would they leave some alone.thanks in advance.

Doctorsroomghost
Monday, February 12th, 2018

I'm the same I divided it into two parts and will sow one part at a time. It well worth doing for the health of the birds

Ballinabarney
Monday, February 12th, 2018

Yeah I could try that thanks

Doctorsroomghost
Monday, February 12th, 2018

I would wait until march/ early April to reseed the grass.

FionnG
Monday, February 12th, 2018

Would wait till weather warms up late March or April, better chance for seed to take, rake it over as best you can, if very mucky try putting some sharp sand through it to improve drainage, can you partition off the area?, the longer you can keep the chickens off it the better.

thomaswhi
Monday, February 12th, 2018

Thanks folks.yeah I was going to leave it until itís warmed up late spring early summer. I could let them off out the garden for month or so while seed hopefully takes and give it a shot of urea or 10-10-20 to push it on.sickening going out there this weather itís a swamp. I donít keep them in there on account of it being so wet I leave them out the grass.im overstocked anyway so my own fault

Doctorsroomghost
Monday, February 12th, 2018

Hi,

If you are free ranging. I would use a tough grass like rye, cereal rye, Japanese oats, oats etc. Poultry are naturally forest or forest edge birds and didn't evolve on fine green lawns. Divide the pen in two preferably three. Cover one with deep litter such as straw, chipped wood or a similar material. Sow another section. Don't use fine lawn seed as it isn't meant to be scratched.

Let the sward thicken by cutting it when ready with a lawn mower. You will need a few cuts. Keep it at different heights if it is a large area. Let the clippings on the ground. Then let half it lengthen to part hay strim it and let it fall to the ground. (You could leave some long). The long blades will be partly brown and provide a suitable habitat for worms, ground beetles and other invertebrates that poultry adore.

Throw in old partly decomposed logs of ash or sycamore etc to get wood invertebrates. There are loads of rotten limbs after the storm.

This will provide a range of habitat niches for insects and keep the hens scratching happily.

ADuile
Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Hi,

We did the following to our run:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIGmLDlDN5E

We just didn't clean the chicken wire so we had to start again.

Angelskeep
Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Thanks for the good replies folks Iíll try this in April when soil temps are up

Doctorsroomghost
Saturday, February 17th, 2018


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