In defense of pastured chickens

In the weeks since the chickens have been transferred to the much larger area of the main garden, egg production has gone up by 25%. This comes after production went down by 50% with Fall’s arrival – any upswing is welcome!

Numbers don’t lie – happy chickens are productive chickens.

Clearly I’m going to have to embiggen their other (non-food-garden-space) paddock so that they can be this happy during the growing season too. Unfortunately it’s a thickly forested area, otherwise I’d sow a bunch of wheatgrass and clover there for the Spring.

6 Responses to “In defense of pastured chickens”

  1. Erin Says:

    Cool! And interesting! I have heard that you should move their outside area around. Maybe that space was used up? Glad the chickies are happy:)

  2. diana Says:

    Yeah, their old space didn’t have a lot of forage because it was under the tree canopy, sigh. Very little grass. I’m not sure that I can fix that, but I’ll sow some wheat/rye and see what comes up. :( They are safer from hawks under the trees, but even so I wish there was more light in there!

  3. heidi Says:

    embiggen??? is that a ( Josh )german verb? Ich habe embiggen, du hast embiggen…
    in any case I have embiggen after Halloween when noone came trick or treating and I had bought candy for the new family on the alley.
    so glad the chickies are happy. What will they do in Winter?

  4. Heidi Says:

    by the way, a neighbor came to our door last night just after I got home, (i had been in front of him and stopped to pick up the mail). He saw a mountain lion come up out of our property and cross the main street and go into the hills. He detoured to make sure he had seen what he had thought and the big (and he said BIG) cat turned and looked at him in his big truck and showed no fear. Scarey. I had heard the neighborhood dogs barking more at night and wondered. Remember the big one the Animal Control caught in the Kings back yard after chickens and lambs started disappearing? It’s been a few years.

  5. diana Says:

    No, I don’t remember that at all! I never knew there had been one so close.
    As for the chickens, ideally I could make them some sort of chicken tractor so they could work on our lawn sometimes. But that’s a lot of work! And I don’t want their regular coop to go empty after all that work, either. Still… it will be done at some point.

  6. Erin Says:

    You can make a really simple chicken tracker! it doesn’t have to be huge if you are moving it around:) Could you send them over to the fenced him part with the drying line a couple times a week in growing season?

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