Try to move coops to fresh ground every day
QHow important is it to move chickens to fresh grass every day? This seems very arduous if it isn’t absolutely necessary.
AGrant Brereton says: Sadly not all birds have access to fresh grass on a daily basis, so while not ideal, it all depends on your circumstances. If you have a grassy area — even a small garden will suffice — then coops should be moved regularly to give the current roaming area a chance to recover.
This task could be classed as arduous, but I move my coops to fresh ground every day. If I didn’t, then by day three the mud would really begin to show and by day five the birds would be swimming in a quagmire of mud. I am particularly mindful of this nowadays — in the times that we can easily have a month’s worth of rainfall in one day.
To allow such conditions to build up is irresponsible and the area needs a rethink, otherwise your birds will soon go downhill and will be susceptible to parasites and diseases. Hens don’t ask much of us, so the least we can do is give them nice living conditions and they, in return, will give us plentiful eggs.
Birds should not be left to swim in a quagmire of mud