Weekly Care


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 the coop and run

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.

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Judy, 3 March 2019

Our chicken Onyx who is not walking was just laying under the coop last evening when my husband went to make sure the chickens were in their coop and has been slightly lethargic for the last couple of days and not perching at nighttime. We read on the internet that it could be from extremes in temperature and there has been that in Campbell River, BC last week for a couple of days; so took her into our house last night. She did seem to be breathing faster than usual and her legs were too warm but recovered over night but is still not walking but drinking OK. i read that she could be egg bound. These chickens are my granddaughters and we now have them. My granddaughter thinks that the place where her eggs come from in the chicken's body may have something wrong with it as the eggs she lays are rather too oblong. In this case would she be more likely to be egg bound and would this affect her walking. Do some chickens come from warmer climates; this chicken is an Americauna (a beautiful black with a beard) but would she be more likely to suffer from extremes in temperature. We wish we knew what to do or to help the situation. Do you have any suggestions? We have just had the chickens for about a month. My husband got a different food to what they were used to; he got Highliner food and chicken scratch, egg shells and potato and carrot peals and iceberg lettuce and they were fed Lay pellets and scratch before.


Jennifer, 25 August 2012

The easiest way to keep your chicken dropping tray clean, is to line it with newspaper, remove each day and wipe dropping tray with appropriate wipe. Droppings can be put in compost bin, heap or other form of container.Having 2 sets of rooster bars also helps. Great method when whether is wild and wet and helps keep eglu smelling fresh when we do have some hot weather!


Hamza, 20 June 2011

Your page is exellent.But i think you should also tart a Q&A zone and also a page on chick care e.t.c. Really love this website.thanks

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