I'm new here and trying to do my research before I jump into the chicken venture--I'd like 3 or 4 hens. I have a small yard divided into three sections....a garden section, a small lawn (10x40), and a 15x60 section with wood chips, my daughter's slide, and a few plants in a VERY narrow garden along a "hot wall".
I love the chicken tractor idea and I do want to avoid smell, but I'm afraid of killing my lawn...I do have 2 young daughters and I'd like them to still be able to play on the grass. How does your grass do here with a chicken tractor? Does the high nitrogen kill it? Also, how to you avoid smell in a coop? One last question--everyone says to clean the coop every __________ days/weeks/etc depending, but how exactly do you do that?
Thanks for the info! I see you have your coop in a shady spot (It looks great!)....I have two options for mine 1) along the south side of our neighbor's house (the "hot wall") or on the north side of our house which is mostly shady. I've heard chickens do well on a south wall, but I also wonder where these people live....I'm afraid they would roast! Thoughts?
Also do you compost the straw from the roost?
Thanks for all the great info!
And it doesn't stink only cleaning it a few times a year? (I have a husband with a sensitive nose :).....)
What's the size of your coop and how many chickens do you have?
Thanks so much!