Terracing a chicken pasture, part 1
All summer and fall,
I've been dreaming of turning the
steep powerline cut pasture into a useful part of the
farm. With the garden put to bed, I was finally able to steal
some time to put the first stage into practice.
Rather than putting the
terraces directly on grade, I opted to turn them into a switchback
trail, with one gently rising and one gently falling so the two
mostly-flat areas meet at the edge of the pasture. This is really
just to make it easy for me to access, and may have the unintended
consequence that water runs down the terraces rather than pooling in
them. I'm hopeful that a few logs laid across the terraces will
hold soil and water in place.
As you can see, the
digging is hard work, so I'm just plugging away an hour or two per
day. More photos to come, but meanwhile, I'm curious to hear any
feedback on the design. For example, do you think half-rotted old
trees about ten inches in diameter will hold the uphill side of the
slope if I pound fence posts in behind them at intervals? (Again,
this is just supposed to last for the first few years, until the plants
I stick between the timbers take root.) Do you think it's
realistic to think I can get my terraces vegetated enough to let
chickens graze in here part-time this summer? I'm very curious to
hear from anyone who's tried to terrace a chicken pasture.
Our chicken waterer keeps the flock well hydrated so they can spend their days foraging for food.
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