Annual chicken pasture with oats and peas
We planted one of our
over-grazed pastures in oats, Austrian winter peas, oilseed radishes,
mustard, and chicory on September 9. The oats, especially, grew
quickly, although I noticed that the leaves were a bit sparser than I'd
hoped --- I think that on rough ground, I should increase my seeding
As you can see, the
chickens did a bit of trampling damage in the first 24 hours.
I'll keep you posted when I have more of an idea of whether I should
have waited longer, how long the chickens can spend in the annual
pasture without causing long term damage, and so forth. Right
now, our fat and happy pullets are lazily resting along the fenceline
--- I think I need to cut back their storebought feed.
Our chicken waterer makes it easy to rotate chickens through pastures --- fill a five gallon bucket in each pasture and forget it.
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