Chicken Forage Experiment

Confined in the side yard during the past year, our chickens had scratched their way to a barren wasteland.  I decided to try a little chicken-exclusion experiment to re-grow some vegetation, both for them and for aesthetics.

Improvising a pen, I planted crimson clover seed inside the protected enclosure. It grew beautifully.

Greta, Baracka, Rocky trampling the fresh clover patch

Within seconds of moving the pen to start a new area, the wee devils were trampling the fresh clover patch.

Day 1: Trampling

By the following morning, it had been trampled and nibbled nearly to death.

Day 2: Nibbling

The final coup-de-grace was the scratching.

Day 3: Scratching

I had thought that with their expanded run the re-growth experiment would have a chance. Apparently, some things do not scale linearly…


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