Rotational chicken pasture
We put our main flock
back on pasture today. Even though they have the whole woods to roam
through in winter and early spring, the grass truly is greener on the pasture side of the fence.
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Good management. We kept poultry out of these areas while the plants
were just starting to break dormancy, so grass and clover had time to
get their feet under them before being pecked to death.
To maintain that healthy
state, we'll rotate our flock into a new pasture in a week and continue
through all four pastures before returning to this first location after
nearly a month of rest. With the exception of extreme summer droughts,
that should keep the flock happy and healthy all year.
Want the long version of this short explanation? My book Pasture Basics
walks you through setting up rotational pasture systems for your flock
that will keep your grass green and your chickens happy. Good luck!