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Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
May 15, 2015 12:55 PM CST
I want to grow grass/grain in part of my chicken coop,
and cover it so the chickens can't eat it until its about 1' tall. I can use chicken scratch unless someone knows of a better product for chickens.
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I thought I would cover with something about 1/3 of the coop, and move it once a month.
So, I'm asking if someone can suggest a grain that is nutritious, and grows fast. Or, if the idea won't work as they will eat it down to nothing in a day. The area to be covered is 4x8, and I have 40 hens.
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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
May 15, 2015 3:48 PM CST
If you're inclined to experiment, "Tyfon" or "Holland Greens" are a very-fast-growing , high-yield-per-square-foot forage crop that is good for "cut-and-come-again". You could expose it to the chickens every 30 days or so.

You could also let it grow large (up to 60 days) and then cut and haul leaves to feed them.

It is VERY cold-hardy once established, like down to 10 F.
Name: tk
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texaskitty111
May 15, 2015 4:03 PM CST
Who sells it?
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Bonehead
May 15, 2015 4:37 PM CST
Plain ol' grass would also work, as it recovers quickly and you would avoid reseeding. Or any mixture of greens (lettuce, kale, collards, even dandelion which they really like) You may also want to plant some things outside your pen that the chickens can reach through to get at - comfrey is pretty tough and the chickens like it - when it flops you can cut it back to 3" or so and toss the spent leaves to the hens. If you have any nettles (standard field weed for me), they are very nutritious but the birds won't touch them unless you cut them (they lose their sting once the drying process begins). Sounds like a good plan, let us know how it works out.
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
May 15, 2015 6:55 PM CST
texaskitty111 said:Who sells it?


I've found it at these two places:


Pinetree # W336

http://www.superseeds.com/holland-greens-tyfon-42-days.html

Nichols # VGR472

https://www.nicholsgardennursery.com/store/product-info.php?...

Praise:
http://blueboathome.com/blogs/ben/praise_tyfon_king_greens

ATP Plant Database:
Holland Greens (Brassica rapa 'Tyfon')

I thought Territorial and maybe Baker Creek USED TO carry it, but I guess no longer.

Name: Sue
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sooby
May 15, 2015 7:26 PM CST
Wouldn't 40 chickens in 32 square feet just flatten it the first day?
Name: tk
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texaskitty111
May 15, 2015 7:31 PM CST
The coop is 128sf, but the area to be rotated is 1/3 that. They probably will tear up the whole pen in one day.
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greene
May 15, 2015 7:34 PM CST
I was looking into building a 'fresh grass/greens feed plot' and there are excellent photos about 1/3 down the page on this link:
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/ariannas-chicken-coop

The chickens have limited access and no harm comes to the growing grass/greens.
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Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
May 15, 2015 7:41 PM CST
THAT'S a chicken yard???? I've seen preschools not as pretty. They do have an excellent point, however, of only letting the chickens eat the grass that grows thru the wire. Then, they can't dig it up. I'm going to do that. Won't have to rotate it then.
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
May 15, 2015 7:58 PM CST
Yikes - those are some serious chicken folk! Initially wondered how they kept the gravel alleys clean and not pitted out (as chickens will do) but then I saw the various chairs inside the yard and got my answer. Clearly the hens who won the chicken-lottery!
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.

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