Around much of our house there are paved paths with gravel insets. There are, in particular, quite long sections of gravel between the paths and the house wall in some places.
These are an ongoing problem because they're difficult to keep weed free and the gravel gets everywhere (especially now that we have chickens who like nothing more than to scratch in the gravel!).
Are there any sensible alternatives to gravel? We could simply pave over the two or three small 'islands' of gravel but I suspect that the gravel adjacent to the walls provides drainage so whatever replaces it will need to let water drain through. What's chicken proof but not water proof?