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Howdy, neighbor!

 

I've been letting my main flock out to range the last month or so, but it's pretty much in my yard, not a wooded area. The do get some grass and worms, and I've noticed a difference in the egg yolks with the addition of the greens. No noticeable difference in feed consumption, though. It's probably a touch less, but not enough to make a real impact for me. 

 

I agree on the run, that would be a great thing for your flock. 

 

To cut feed costs, research fermented feed. I like the concept, I simply don't do it as I have multiple pens and it was too labor intensive. For one flock, it should be easy peasy and will save you money. You can also research sprouting or fodder for your birds, or grazing frames to give them access to some greenery. And, once the weather is good, grow a garden! They'll eat pretty much anything we grow around here :rolleyes:

 

Watch that puppy around the birds, that's your biggest threat right now. Chicken make great squeaky toys, they flop and flap and make such cool noises---until they're broken and the pup has to go find another one to play with. 

 

I agree if you try to free range, you're going to lose birds around here. Coons are the worst, and they're smart and persistent. You'd need electric fencing and a good, trustworthy dog at a minimum, and even then you'd probably still take some losses. 

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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