How long should pasture "rest" before the next chicken tractor?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by feetsoup, Jan 3, 2010.

1. feetsoupIn the Brooder

49
0
22
Dec 17, 2009
I hope this is the right section...

I think I understand the mechanics of running a chicken tractor over pasture in the ideal world where I have infinite space, but I'm having trouble figuring out how many chickens I could reasonably run in a limited space over a given period of time, basically how many chickens my lawn can support. Can anyone help me with the algebra of figuring this out? I feel like I'm doing word problems for a test I haven't studied for...

I think what it boils down to is: how long do I need to wait before I can safely move a chicken tractor over a space it's already been on again? Weeks? Months? I haven't a clue!

2. Poulets De CajunCrowing

Quote:Depends on how fast your grass grows.... If it grows back sufficiently in a week, then its a week. If it takes a month, then its a month.

3. feetsoupIn the Brooder

49
0
22
Dec 17, 2009
Don't I have to worry about overloading the grass with chicken manure? I'm more concerned with sanitation/accidentally killing my grass.

4. Poulets De CajunCrowing

Chicken manure is sold in 80lb bags as fertilizer, if you manage it right, it should HELP your lawn, not burn it.

Nov 13, 2008
Spring, Texas
Chicken manure is sold in 80lb bags as fertilizer, if you manage it right, it should HELP your lawn, not burn it.

But as I have understood it, "fresh" chicken manure is "hot" and has potential to burn roots/plants if too fresh?
Doesn't it need to compost for a few weeks/months?

6. elemIn the Brooder

42
0
22
Jul 12, 2009
Vancouver
The grass re-growth is a good guideline and it will also depend on how many chickens you have in the tractor. If you have a lot of chickens in a small space they will scratch up more grass and leave more poop than if you only had a few chickens in the tractor. I have 3 chickens in a 4x8 tractor and depending on weather (more growth in summer, less in fall/winter) I can move them over the same spot in a couple weeks or it might take a month. For me, the chickens scratching up the grass is a bigger problem than excess nitrogen from the poop.