Why You Should Be Letting Your Chickens Out


| 4/12/2019 10:35:00 AM


 

When I was growing up, there was a man that lived across the street from my parent's house.  Every morning, he would go down to his chicken coop and let all of his chickens out for the day.  They spent the day outside, coming and going from the coop as they pleased.  Every evening, he went down to the coop and made sure that they were all up again.  He raised and sold both chicks and eggs and had about 50 hens at any given time.  I never realized until I got older and had my own chickens why he raised them this way.

Benefits of Pasture-Raising Chickens

There are many different ways that you can describe what is essentially letting chickens loose during the day.  Free-ranging, foraging, pasture-raised, etc.  It's important to note that if you are selling meat or eggs then you need to make sure that you are meeting the regulations for that particular category of raising them.  I want to talk to you about letting them loose.  Let them access forage and grass.

Why?

Because there are so many benefits!



When you raise chickens on pasture or forage, you can reduce your insect load in your yard or garden, decrease your feed costs, and increase both the chicken's health and your own (if you eat the eggs and/or meat).

fireflies827
4/16/2019 4:50:25 AM

I love the idea of free ranging my flock, and at the same time it scares me to lose my small flock to a predator. I’m not allowed roosters in my neighborhood. What other methods do you find are the most effective to prevent attacks?






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