Advantages of free range chickens
Free ranging your
chickens has several disadvantages (which I'll post about later in the
week), but the management plan does have three huge advantages ---
amazingly orange egg yolks, delicious and nutritious meat, and lower
Our broilers have also
been enjoying the nomadic life, traversing our acre of garden and
orchard. They're right under our feet all day, so I've got a lot
more data on what they've been eating --- any bug they can find, lots
of white clover leaves, smartweed seeds, grass seeds, and the scraps we
give them. I keep meaning to increase their feed
from 0.07 pounds apiece to the roughly 0.12 pounds they each should be
getting per day, but the chicks always come home with full crops and
are growing well, so there seems to be little reason to feed them
more. I won't have real data on feed
conversion rate and
meat quality for a few weeks, though.
Our chicken waterer keeps both flock well hydrated during a hard day hunting for bugs.
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