Asked by: Manjot Vilchepolsky
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Do chicken coops need to be on grass?

Last Updated: 13th February, 2020

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Chickens do not need grass but they are "flock" birds so really do need company. They will scratch around anywhere and you could make life more interesting for them by putting down some mulch, bark chippings and straw for them to occupy their time.

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Similarly one may ask, can I put my chicken coop on grass?

Many people start out with their chicken coop and run on grass, but as we chicken people know, grass will not last long around chickens. Wood chips help keep the run from getting muddy, especially since we have an open section with our pergola.

Additionally, should chickens be on grass or dirt? Grass and Vegetation Grass and other types of vegetation are ideal ground covers for movable chicken coops, called chicken tractors or chicken arks. Unfortunately, chickens scratch up the ground as they forage, quickly laying waste to the green areas and turning them into dirt patches.

Keeping this in view, can chickens live without grass?

No chicken run has grass in it for very long. In any confined space, chickens will eat grass down to the roots (and below) in no time.

Will chickens kill your grass?

It depends on the size of your yard and the number of chickens. Free range chickens that aren't overcrowded won't hurt the grass. They will, however, till up and ruin vegetable plants and some flowers.

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Monika De Morais

Professional

What is the best thing to put down in a chicken run?

Wood shavings and straw are both great beddings for chicken coops and I personally love the smell of clean shavings in a warm coop, but when used as a flooring in an uncovered run, wood shavings and straw can become soggy and work into the ground fairly quickly making the run difficult to clean; that's if they don't

Pasqualina Velaga

Professional

What do you put on the bottom of a chicken coop?

Pine shavings in the coop would work. Then sand, or wood chips in the run. Or you can investigate the Deep Litter method to use at some point in the run. There are threads going on using Sand in the Run (or coop), and the Deep Litter method.

Shu Kappius

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How do I stop chickens from destroying my grass?

Chickens will aerate the soil as they peck and scratch while at the same time eating leaves, weeds, bugs and grass clippings. If you do have some struggling areas in your lawn, you can place down some wire mesh flat on the ground. The mesh will prevent the chickens from digging in that area until the lawn has repaired.

Azddine Knopel

Explainer

What is the best floor for a chicken coop?

But concrete is the best floor for a chicken coop. It absolutely prevents rodents and predators from digging in, offers no place for lice and mites to hide, and is the easiest type of floor to clean and sanitize. The chickens would be comfy and cozy with 4 to 6 inches of shavings or wood pellets on top.

Dahiana Jenks

Explainer

How often should you move your chicken coop?

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.

Bobbie Berthel

Explainer

What can I plant near a chicken coop?

List of Chicken Friendly Plants:
  • Comfrey.
  • Fennel.
  • Thyme.
  • Lavender.
  • Nasturtium.
  • Rosemary.
  • Sage.
  • Wormwood.

Elisangela Vani

Pundit

Can chickens live on gravel?

How fine is the gravel? If it's too coarse then it can damage chickens feet and cause bumblefoot (as can woodchips and the like). If it's fine or has a fair bit of sand in it then it's less likely to be an issue. They will enjoy scratching around and bathing in it, even if the soil quality is poor.

Saddik Tolmos

Pundit

Can you overfeed chickens?

As long as you're feeding them chicken feed, not scratch grains, cracked corn, or table scraps, you can't overfeed them. Most layers are fed layer feed free choice. As long as you're feeding them chicken feed, not scratch grains, cracked corn, or table scraps, you can't overfeed them.

Bilaly Schonbrunn

Pundit

Should free range chickens be fed?

A: We recommend feeding "free choice"; that is, letting them eat as much layer feed as they want and leaving their feeder out at all times (although you may take it up at night if you like). Even if your chickens have access to pasture, free ranging simply supplements their diet.

Tanesha Holzlein

Pundit

How many times a day should I feed my chickens?

We feed our chickens pellets once in the morning and once in the evening- remember they like to eat small portions but often.

Killian Vyskrebtsov

Teacher

How can I make my rooster grow faster?

How to make indigenous chickens grow fast
  1. #1 Feed High Protein Food.
  2. #2 Proper Feeding.
  3. #3 Vaccinate.
  4. #4 Proper Housing and Biosecurity.
  5. #5 Selective Breeding or Proper Breed Selection.
  6. #6 Provide enough water.

Ketevan Schmiede

Teacher

What is the best grain to feed chickens?

Main Feed for Chickens
  • Alfalfa meal (high protein, good for winter)
  • Corn (a mainstay for chickens, store whole)
  • Field peas (for protein, to avoid soybean use)
  • Wheat.
  • Oats and/or barley (less than 15 percent of the total diet together)

Carolann Folkhard

Teacher

How do you feed chickens for free?

Grow Your Own Chicken Feed
  1. Grow cover crops and rotate them through using a chicken tractor. Try growing alfalfa, clover, buckwheat, oats, wheat, barley, or sorghum.
  2. Grow Winter Squash.
  3. Grow Duckweed.
  4. Grow a Chicken Feed Garden.
  5. Grazing Boxes.
  6. Grow Sunflowers.
  7. Garden Scraps.
  8. Crushed Eggshells.

Ilinka Wetjen

Teacher

Can chickens be kept in a coop all day?

For chickens that will be inside the run all the time (never free ranging), you need to bump that number up to 10 square feet per bird. So now those 4 chickens need a coop/run that is 6 x 7 feet (42 square feet). It is always best if you can give them a little outdoor time each day to look for bugs and get fresh air.

Yanire Glaesser

Reviewer

Can chickens eat fresh grass clippings?

No, grass clippings would be bad for your flock. However, when chickens eat grass, they nip off of the tip of the blade; they eat tiny pieces, a little at a time. Putting a big pile of lawn clippings will give them longer pieces that they'll eat too much of, all at once.

Hortensia Possen

Reviewer

What should you not feed chickens?

WHAT NOT TO FEED YOUR CHICKENS
  • Potato Peels.
  • Raw Potato or green potato.
  • Chocolate.
  • Citrus fruits.
  • Candy.
  • Avocado skin or pit.
  • Dried lentils or beans.
  • Uncooked rice.

Teodomira Sonso

Reviewer

How do you remove chicken poop from grass?

To save grass from manure that has built up over the winter—manure that's too soggy to pick up—is to spray it with the hose to dilute the nitrogen in the manure and wash it away. Heavy spring rains will dilute manure for you, but light rains aren't enough save the grass from buildup.

Salut Campos

Reviewer

What age can you let chickens free range?

Let them live side by side but separated like this for at least two weeks, or until the younger chicks are around 8-12 weeks old. When the chicks are big enough to join the main flock, try letting everyone out to free range together.

Dainius Bueschkens

Supporter

What should be inside a chicken coop?

I put roosts, dropping boards, water with water heater, layer pellets, nest boxes (3 for 11 chickens), and stackable bins for pellets, scratch, and bedding storage in my coop. Pine shavings are on the floor and hay or straw is in the nests.