Keeping a Lawn with Chickens

We moved the chicken coop a bit ago and ever since I have been fighting to get my grass back where the coop used to be. Here it is right when we moved it: 20130302-195013.jpg

And this is now, not much has changed aside from some leveling.

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I can see the little bits of grass coming up through the dirt and mess but between the dog and the chickens the poor little blades of grass have no hope! I has seen a solution about a year ago but i had completely forgotten about it until The Homestead Survival posted them on their site today!

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These grazing frames are awesome! They let the chickens graze on all the green grass they love so much without tearing the roots up. Definitely a good solution.

In the next week I will find time to get 10 ft of 2in. X 2in. untreated wood to build the frames. Luckily I already have tons of the 1/2in hardware mesh to screen it with. Lindsey found a big bundle recently and gave it to me, she rocks!

Have any of you ever tried this solution? What other solutions have you used or would you recommend?

Also check out:

Filmmaking & Cookiebaking’s Instagram

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Weekend Rambling

Here’s to another nice weekend.

Saturday included working on a book I’m starting to write with a friend….

Then what turned into redneck style backyard target practice with a tiny BB gun. (My roommate dreamt this up since I wouldn’t let him shoot bb’s in the yard without a way to catch them all)- (yes it’s PVC and a fitted sheet… It worked surprisingly well.)

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Rocharin for our weekly Thai food (of course)…

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While we were there Jack, the awesome owner showed us this new thing Kuapay, so we tried it!

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Hoohkah (where Lindsey and I go to chill and blog), and crazy roommates.

I also sent my rough cut of Rusty J‘s music video to him!! I cannot wait to hear his thoughts and see the tweaks he’s going to make.

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Sunday included church…

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More book writing… then group car washing with Riley and my favorite neighbor James…

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Echo was “helping” with the car wash.

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Then Korean BBQ with Riley and Hannah! (Thank you for dinner Hannah!)

And of course like everyday a little time spent checking on the girls & collecting eggs.

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Also check out:

Filmmaking & Cookiebaking’s Instagram

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Chickens: How to stop egg breaking

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Earlier this week my girls started breaking and eating their eggs! Totally gross and very frustrating as I am so glad to finally be getting 3 eggs a day!

I started looking on Backyard Chickens and Wikihow

I cleaned them up right away, then decided to start trying some of the solutions I found.

• My girls tend to pull all their straw out of their boxes so I put more since as you see above there was none.
This helped a lot! I got all three eggs this morning!

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• It could also be a lack of calcium, even though they have access to oyster shell. So I have given them more yogurt which they love and spread some oyster shell around where they scratch.

• I’ve had golf balls in the nesting boxes like recommended (I had put them in a while back to teach them where to lay)
Since the golf balls are so different from their eggs they don’t peck at them like they do their eggs, I had to come up with a more realistic fake egg. So that when they peck they are detoured by the hardness.
Lindsey found these awesome wooden eggs at Joann’s and she painted them the light peach/tan that is perfect!!
I am going to add these to the coop as soon as they’re dry!

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• My last resort is one thing off Wikihow – to put mustard in an egg, they recommend in one they ate but I got plastic Easter eggs and if needed will put the mustard in there! Then if they peck enough to get it open they will get mustard and hopefully will hate it enough to stop for good!

Also check out:
Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site