Letting chickens graze in the woods
Our adult chickens told
me that they were sick
of their over-grazed pastures and jealous of the Light
Sussex who have been happily foraging throughout our garden and orchard
for weeks. "But you'll scratch up the mulch!" I complained.
"Those Sussex are too little to do much damage yet, but I've seen how
destructive a full-grown hen can be."
I'm working on a new
hypothesis about pasture quality --- if your chickens are lounging
around for more than about two hours per day, you're either
overfeeding, or the pasture is subpar. Perhaps chicken activity
level is the best way to gauge when a pasture needs to be rested?
Our chicken waterer provides clean water for the active bird.
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