Hardy fast growing ground cover safe for chicken?
June 17, 2014 11:49 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for hardy fast growing ground cover suggestions that are chicken friendly
posted by 7life to Home & Garden (5 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm raising 4 chicken in 20x10 area. I'm thinking of using the paddock system where they can forage all they want on one side of the area while the other side recuperates. I'm looking for ground cover ideas where this might possibly work.
1. Hardy and fast growing.
2. No maintenance (watering or re-seeding).
3. Chicken friendly - they will like eating them and are not toxic.
(Creeping buttercup rules the area right now. They fit #1 and 2 - I just can't kill them no matter what I do. They are however slightly toxic).
I'm in pacific northwest hardiness zone 8a. The ground is clay and does not have good drainage. It gets 4-5 hours of morning sun.
I was thinking of mint, clover and creeping thyme. When I suggested that to my local master gardener however, she looked at me like I just suggested sacrificing newborn babies. Note: I realize a lot of the ground covers will spread like weed. I do not particularly mind my lawn being taken over as long as they are not too tall (preferably shorter than 18 inches) and pleasing to look at.
Appreciate any suggestions you can give me.