How much space do chickens need on pasture?
Another chicken pasture
question that's been tough for me to answer is --- How much space do
chickens need on pasture? Of course, the amount of space you need
per bird is going to depend on a lot of factors including:
But I finally found a
starting point from the data in Raising Poultry on Pasture. One mainstream
broiler producer felt that his chickens needed 10 square feet of
pasture per bird per week when they were full grown. In France,
the Label Rouge system has strict requirements that amount to allowing
27 square feet of pasture per bird for their broilers (including the
time when chicks aren't fully grown and eat less.) Although the
French number seems much higher than
the American square footage, you should keep in mind that the operation
in question didn't rotate chickens between pastures, so the birds' yard
really amounted to about 5 square feet of pasture per bird per week for
the 5.6 weeks that the chickens were on pasture.
Our chicken waterer makes pastured poultry so easy, you might forget about them.
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