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Hedgey



Joined: 07 Jan 2005
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Location: southwell
PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 05 8:00 pm    Post subject: swampy  Reply with quote    

I think i have made my first mistake with my new chickens. they have a nice hen house with attached run, i also let them have the run of the garden when i am home. However, i have not moved the run since buying them almost 3 weeks ago. Now the grass looks like a scene from glastonbury !!!

Could anyone tell me how i should rotate the run to try to preserve the grass, or should i just leave it where it is and keep the damage and buy them wellies

Nanny



Joined: 17 Feb 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 05 8:07 pm    Post subject: swampy Reply with quote    

if they have to stay where they are you could put wood chip down which drains the rain through and will keep them drier..be aware that if they eat any of it though it may flavour the eggs...it has only happened once to me but it did happen

if you want to move the run and it's easy to do so then do so when you see fit.,,,some people can do it every day, some can't

in the winter they will make a muddy mess unless you can move the run but mine made a muddy mess of the poultry pen at my place and that's about 75 ft by maybe 50ft or more and i only have 8 hens but the ground in that area is just too low and water logged at that time of the year.

c'est la vie

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 05 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

cheers Nanny. where in suffok are you ? my Mum lives there in stanton near Bury st ed's often pop down , love the area.
Hedgey

Hedgey



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 05 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

that was me as if you had not guessed !!!!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 05 6:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If it's only been there three weeks the grass will recover quickly if all the bedding has been removed.

We tend to leave our run in one place now, with wood shavings down which I clear away every so often. If it's on bare earth books also suggest you treat the soil with worming powder when worming the birds.

Bugs



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 05 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:
We tend to leave our run in one place now, with wood shavings down which I clear away every so often


But we move it around every few months and the grass does recover...but then, what we call a lawn and what other people call a lawn may not be an exact match (this year, we is mostly experimentin' wiv not mowin' the laaaawn...chickens absolutely love prowling about and nibbling the seed )...for example they were next to our greenhouse in the autumn/winter/cool spring, now we have moved them to a shadier spot near the hedge. This time their old patch is storing potted plants and might become another bed but other places have recovered quite well.

Ours don't come to any harm from the mud but our garden, on chalk, even after weeks of rain has barely an inch of proper mud anywhere. I think if yours is very bad and they get much mud round them and it tends not to dry off then you need to take precautions because it might be more likely to cause problems like that...that's just what I think, not experience as I say.

Nanny



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 05 2:13 pm    Post subject: swampy Reply with quote    

hi hedgy

tried to send you a pm but it doesn't look like much happened

the other side of suffolk.not far from framlingham

out in the country where there aren't any street lights........

Hedgey



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 05 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ahh lovely area even better with no light pollution !!

Im down in suffolk visiting the folks then onto Great Samford to see friends...

hils



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 05 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bugs wrote:
This time their old patch is storing potted plants and might become another bed but other places have recovered quite well.


Could this be a good way to start a new bed - ie leave the chickens on a patch to kill off the grass. It will be fertilised by the poo and easier to dig because of lack of foliage??? What do you think?

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