I am wondering if anyone else has run into this and if so how they handled it....I use electric netting which creates a 1500 sq ft area and I rotate that over 6 different setups. Moving it every 6-8 days. The paddock itself does fine, they dont keep bare spots, grow back fast, there is still plenty left when I move them.
EXCEPT where the coop is. There feed is in there and they sleep in there water is outside and door open 24/7. Around the feeder and the path out the door get destroyed in 3 days and arent coming back as quick...... I thought about putting food outside but keeping it dry is an issue. I even moved the coop in the paddock this time...so now i have 2 less beaten but still beaten spots. Maybe a poop boards under the roosts? but that means cleaning poop.
I am open to ideas.....
There are currently 15 birds in there. I had up to 30 earlier in summer.
I only have 4 birds, but I do the same thing. My coop is not in the paddock though, but its connected to it. The paths that lead to the coop get somewhat worn, but I noticed they only hang out there just before dark and if there are predators around/above. Do you have anything(apart from the food) that would be causing them to stay close to the coop instead of foraging?
I dont know if this is realistic, but maybe a small food/water station not in the coop but still moveable and away from the coop? I think the straw would work inside, but I think your issue is outside the coop, no?
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posted 9 years ago
the issue is inside around the feeder and the doorway.........I would like to move the food outside but a range feeder thats moveable is 100 bucks.....
obviously there is shade provided by the coop but I dont think thats the issue. Ill try the straw when I move the coop and see how that works.....was also thinking about raking and seeding the bad spot after moving since I want to improve the pasture anyway?? Thanks