Common Hardscape Elements for Your Chicken-Friendly Garden

Concrete pavers

A more flexible variation of concrete is pavers. Concrete pavers are simply smaller pieces of pre-cast concrete that are usually interlocked and placed on a level compact sub-base. Pavers come in many colors, and you can use them to create many designs.

Because of the design factor, pavers create a more formal look. Pavers aren’t held together with grout, but with a fine layer of sand. This layer of sand allows for more flexibility with rain runoff and potential earthquake movement. And you have the added benefit of expanding and contracting properties with fluctuating temperatures.

Some of the more common uses for pavers are driveways, pathways, and heavy foot traffic areas like building entrances, around pools and fountains, and patios. Typically, you don’t want your chickens roaming in these areas, and chickens react to concrete pavers the same way they react to concrete.

Concrete pavers pros and cons: Concrete pavers are a more formal style than traditional concrete. They have an attractive design or pattern and have more environmental flexibility thanks to their interlocking pieces. Concrete pavers can be used in small areas, and they take high traffic easily. Concrete pavers can be costly in labor, materials, and design.

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