During the spring and summer, we moved the chickens’ run once a week to give them fresh grass and a new crop of bugs. During the winter, since most of the grass/weeds were dead, and the ground was too hard to drive stakes into, we left them in the same spot. Vince would throw in alfalfa hay or straw to keep them from having to walk on such messy ground all the time.
See the big dead spot there in front? That’s where they spent the winter. They were so happy to be on fresh grass again. Too bad that within 24 hours, it will look almost just like the spot where they spent the winter. We will hose down the dead spot, then Vince will break it up with the tiller, plant grass seed and by the time we move the chickens back to that section, there will be fresh grass. Think they appreciate all that work?
The funny thing is he blocks them from going into the coop while he’s cleaning in there.
When Vince is finished cleaning the coop and adding fresh straw, he opens the trap door and they all come parading up the ramp.
They’re rushing and trying to get in front of each other . . just like kids, they all want to be first in line.
Every moving day they all rush in. For what?
Bugs! There could be bugs in all that fresh straw.
Having fresh grass and a clean coop makes my hens so happy. Look what they did for me the next day.
Actually, they do that for me every day! 🙂