A complex pasture means more food for chickens

Chickens and comfrey

First of all, I
apologize for the low quality of these photos.  You can’t talk
chickens into posing unless they feel like it, and when they did,
my camera
was broken
and I had
to borrow Mark’s.  Plus, the day was dark and damp, which makes
for bad photos.  All of those caveats aside, I did want to show
you how our broilers are enjoying their

Chicken on mulch box

I usually like to rotate
chickens out of a pasture after a week or less, but our flock had
barely explored beyond the lower fenceline during that time, so I opted
to leave them in this pasture longer.  I could tell they were
really getting a kick out of the complexity of the environment, and the
were a
definite favorite.

Trellised chicken pasture

One of the most
intriguing things I noticed as I watched the flock was that the
chickens walked right up the terraced pathways just like people do,
ignoring the steeper slopes wherever possible.  Maybe that means I
don’t have to worry about erosion on the near-vertical slopes from
chicken scratching.

Chickens in a forest pasture

The only downside of the
glee with which our chickens explored their forest pasture is that I’m
likely to lose their favorite species since I can’t talk myself out of
leaving the flock in this spot until they explore to the furthest
extreme.  The solution to that problem is to break the pasture
apart into smaller sections and rotate through them faster, but I’ll
have to put some thought into how to divide the space without losing
the pathway aspect of the terraces.  In the meantime, I’m enjoying
watching the chickens graze.

The Avian Aqua Miser is Mark’s innovative
solution to the thorny problem of keeping clean water in your chicken

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