Aside from daily care (detailed on our Daily Chook Care page), there are some less frequent tasks that you’ll need to perform on a weekly basis in order to help your birds live a happy and healthy life. On a weekly basis, this will predominantly take the form of cleaning out the coop and the run, moving these structures, and giving your birds their weekly health check.
Cleaning out the coop
How often you need to clean out the coop depends principally on the number of birds that you intend to keep, and on the size of their enclosure. However, the general recommendation is that two birds in an average-sized coop and run will need to be cleaned out once a week. If you’ve not cleaned out a coop before, then have a look at our How To Clean My Chicken Coop page. Don't forget to replace the materials in the nesting box once you're done cleaning!
Each week, you will need to clean the coop and give your chickens a thorough health check
Moving your Eglu unit around the garden helps ensure that your chickens always have fresh grass to enjoy, but it also helps to keep the unit clean and free of disease. By being on a fresh piece of grass each week, you can avoid buildups of faecal matter and waste food.
Giving a weekly health check
It’s important to give your birds a general health check each day, but you’ll need to give them a thorough examination once a week. This may rise to several times a week or more if your birds are living in very hot or cold temperatures, or are particularly at risk of contracting parasites. For more help and guidance on conducting health examinations for your pets, have a look at our ‘How To Check My Chickens’ page.