Try to move coops to fresh ground ev­ery day

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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

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