We are getting a blue orpington, a buff orpington, a light brahna, and a barred rock. We have been reading up on fermenting feed and soaking feed, still not sure what we are doing there as it will probably be a learning curve for us. We are building a chicken moat around the garden for them to live in. They also have a coop. When the moat is finished (a year from now) will give them 396 square feet of space. We plan this taking into consideration the seriousness of chicken math. Obviously chicken math is not something to be trifled with. So we are trying to be prepared for when it strikes.
I am thinking of planting the chicken moat (they will only have access to half of it at a time) in spearmint to aid in lice and mite control naturally. Their dust baths will be sand and peat (not sure about the Diatomacous (spelling?) Earth or how much to add and if we need it. The outside and top of the moat will be in some sort of vine and/or sunflowers, also not decided on what is best maybe peas that they could eat them fresh?
Definitely searching for ideas and input at this point.