Do I Need To Move My Chicken Coop Around The Backyard To Give The Hens Fresh Grass?

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

16 October 2014

Frizzle and wyandotte chickens in backyard coop

Giving hens access to fresh grass is essential to their well being, because of all the goodies in the grass (think bugs, grit, insects and other tasty morsels!)

The answer to the question ‘do I need to move the chicken coop around’ is no - leaving the coop stationary is absolutely fine for your girls, and your backyard. So don’t feel the pressure to move it around, especially if you let your chickens out to roam during the day - they’re getting all the nutrients and free-ranging benefits that they need.

But, turning your coop into a ‘chicken tractor’ (a mobile coop) and moving it every so often also has its own unique benefits, which include:

  • the chickens fertilize the yard (because there’s no floor), and you can move the coop to fertilize different patches

  • when you move the coop to a fresh patch, the grass underneath has time to recover and regrow – so you’re not left with any bare patches. In order to prevent bare patches the chicken tractor needs to be moved every two-three days.

  • you don’t need to have to constantly change their bedding (in the enclosure part of the coop), as you just move the chicken tractor to a different patch of grass

Read more about the benefits of chicken tractors here.

So, when it comes to the question of whether to move or not to move, whatever suits your lifestyle and backyard best is the answer. Both are great options, and will make for happy, healthy chickens!

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