How often do I need to move my chicken tractor?

nurkdenflurn

Hatching
10 Years
Feb 9, 2009
5
0
7
Friends and I in some disagreement about how often we need to move our chicken tractor. We have 13 chickens in it and it's 4 feet by 7 feet. I think once a week would be good, but they're little still and in tall grass and they don't peck it all the way down in a week. I just think it's a good sanitary measure to move it once a week because the grass gets matted and poopy. Others think they need to get further down to dirt to get enough grit. Anyone have opinions?

Thanks!
 

LA~Poulet

Songster
10 Years
Apr 27, 2009
535
2
141
near Lake Charles, LA
I'm moving ours daily-because that way, after a day or rain, you can't even tell where it was. I like that they are always on fresh grass and not getting dirty, eating dirty grass, or walking on poo.
 

patandchickens

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Apr 20, 2007
12,520
257
341
Ontario, Canada
Move it however often you want. If the ground is starting to get pretty pooey, either move the tractor or put down bedding to separate chicks from poo. (Obviously this will look weird on a lawn, but if this is not 'lawn' then it may not matter)

Everyone with a tractor has different intentions, so there is no one size fits all rule


Good luck, have fun,

Pat
 

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