Who doesn’t love the idyllic thought of chickens roaming free over a sunny, grassy, hill? In an ideal world, this would be the life of every chicken. When chickens free range they can nibble on a huge variety of greens, get plenty of protein from tasty bugs, dust bathe with friends, and nap in the […]
Like so many people, we wanted to free range our chickens. Happy chickens, healthy eggs! The local foxes loved that idea as well. Most of the year, we now keep our chickens on rotating pastures with the help of electric netting. Not only does it keep them from getting out – it also prevents predators […]
Raising free range Cornish Cross or Cornish X chickens, can it be done? The first time I helped process Cornish X meat birds I didn’t eat chicken again for 2 weeks. Not because of the death, plucking or gutting but how they looked and lived in their life. My friend raised them in her backyard […]
When our pullets go rogue and decide that the neighborhood has better nesting spots than the cozy boxes we built them, we take 2 simple steps to bring them back home! Take a look at how we retrain our free range chickens to lay in the nesting boxes.
With 40ish free ranging hens and a few roosters tossed into the mix, it stands to reason that we’d have a few surprise hatches on our farm. But how do you deal with a surprise hatch? What do you do when a line of little fluff balls comes trailing out of the woods behind their […]
Training your chickens isn’t about getting them to jump through hoops. If you free range your chickens, it is important to train them to come back when you call.