We like to free range our chickens, but once the gardens are planted they need to be corralled. The 16’x40′ run made of re-purposed dog kennel panels is attached to their coop and covered with a large pheasant net which keeps them safe from various predators. We extend their run with poultry fencing so they can get to fresh grass and bugs, but there are times they need to be confined to just their run which no longer has grass. I found an idea online for our well used run.
The other two frames were set in the big girls side of the run and we even passed the inspection of our two older Delawares. Mama approved of the job well done and her sister checked to see that her tomato plant was not harmed 😉
We may try leaving the frame in place a bit longer, letting the grass grow through the hardware cloth allowing it to become thicker while the chickens graze on the tall growth. Another thought is to only leave it uncovered for an hour or so, just long enough for the girls to give the grass a good trimming. Either way, I like this concept.