QWhat are the pro’s and con’s of using movable arcs for keeping your poultry?
Movable runs sometimes come in the form of double- or single-tiered arks with handles, or they are built with wheels on one end so they can be moved like a barrow (sometimes called ‘chicken tractors’). The advantages of using them are that fresh ground can be provided as frequently as required, which means fresh forage can be provided, and there is less requirement for feed supplements. The location of the coop and run can also be very flexible—for example, on a lawn during the spring to scratch out moss or thatch, on flowerbeds to clear insect pests in summer, or on vegetable beds after harvest to clear and fertilise the soil. On the downside, as the system is movable, it is usually much smaller in terms of the space available to the birds, so stock density needs careful consideration; also, the unit has to be light enough so that it can be lifted with the additional weight of your stock.