Nicole Alderman wrote:I already have a fenced in yard for my ducks, but my last chickens flew right over it. I'm not really keen on making another fenced area, especially since they're chickens and will merrily tear up everything in the fenced area...unless I make it a huge run, but I don't really want make another big run for two chickens.
Nicole Alderman wrote:Today I had a bit of a revelation. Chickens eat bindweed/morning glory, right? I've got a nasty patch of the stuff that I've been trying to keep from reaching my garden. I've tried pulling it, out compeating it with blackberries (it's no longer in the blackberry patch, but is in my) grass, and planting buckwheat to inhibit it. Each thing has made a dent, and kept it from spreading. But, it's still there in my grass, mocking me.
The area is pretty large. It's the area below my wellhouse. I'll try to get a better picture later, but here's two that I already have (the first is a close-up from when I planted buckwheat in attempts to inhibit the bindweed):
I'm wondering if I could just put their existing house there, and fence in Bindweed Land (which is probably 500-800 sqft) and let them do their chickeny thing there for a while, eating the bindweed and tearing up the roots. And then, after they've done their merry destruction for a year or two, I could think about a tractor system or something else and replant the area with buckwheat, oats and other feed?
Would this kill the bindweed for me? Or, would it just kill the grass and then the little bitty roots that the chickens left would re sprout into a bigger, worse mess?
Nicole Alderman wrote:
So, I honestly don't know when/if they'll be re-homed here, but I like to plan things out ahead of time, just in case.
Nicole Alderman wrote:
One of the downsides of putting the chickens down by wellhouse is that it's so far from the ducks and our house, so it'll take longer doing morning chores. But it'll still save us time if they destroy the bindweed for us. Pulling that stuff day after day for years takes a lot of time!
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