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Pastured poultry

Postby pastured_poultry » 22 Jan 2015, 22:49

Hi,
I have read and youtubed pastured poultry,
Seems to be big in the States, but not seen much here in the uk,
I am interested in perhaps doing this, ok it's probably seasonal here in the uk,
Would anyone have advice on this in the uk,
Thanks for any assistance.

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Re: Pastured poultry

Postby NannyP » 23 Jan 2015, 21:48

If I understand your termiology it might be because in the UK it's called "free ranging". If I have misunderstood, perhaps you can explain what you mean by pastured poultry.

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Re: Pastured poultry

Postby pastured_poultry » 23 Jan 2015, 22:08

Hi NannyP,
Yes I was kinda thinking that myself, although I think there may be a difference,
My birds would be in Pens of say 100 birds, feeding on grass and alittle supplementary food, pens would be moved every day, to supply new fresh grass, it's something I haven't seen here in uk,
Free rangers I've seen here are in alot bigger numbers.!
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Re: Pastured poultry

Postby subruss » 24 Jan 2015, 14:52

I think free ranging sounds better. If you have the room to move pens around every day it would be better to partition the field and just move the coop into each partition every week or better still have the main coop in middle of field(can be done on a small field) with pop holes all around the coop/shed and open and close the pop holes depending where you want your hens that week, much less work and the land has ample time to recover before its that sections turn to be grazed again,

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Re: Pastured poultry

Postby phoebe » 24 Jan 2015, 14:57

Are you going to make the runs out of electric poultry netting and how are you going to move the chicken houses as each run and chicken house will have to be fairly large to house 100 birds?
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