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by Kassandra Smith October 16, 2014
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
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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