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Lawn fast deteriorating! Help

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For the past 7 years of having chickens in our garden, we've managed to keep our lawn looking good, despite them "freeranging" (inside their run is a different matter, no grass there anymore) Suddenly the chickens (we only have 2) have decided it's fun to dig up the grass now it's wet and easy to scuff.

 

Short of keeping them in their run for longer periods of time to save our lawn, what else can we do to prevent them scuffing up the grass? We're happy for them to dig around in the dirt, but not our lawn.

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Dogmother has put some netting stuff down on her grass I think which stops them digging it up. I think others have used this solution too. I just keep them separate - but it has taken 5 years to learn this lesson!

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I think your best options are either to restrict their free ranging time, so they have less time available in which to wreck your lawn! Or use Omlet netting (or similar) so that they can only wreck part of it at any time.

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I have used black netting from the garden centre pegged down with tent pegs in this garden and my last one. They still eat the grass (in fact I have only mown it a couple of times this year) but can't dig it up. It doesn't look great though tbh, although if I leave it down long enough the grass seems to mesh in with it and you can barely see it.

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Dont let the little darling out :lol::lol:

Have replaced the whole lawn twice now, and Oh putfoot down, now they have a large WIR and thats where they stay.

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