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  1. EurekaSouth

    How long is a chicken's memory?

    Hello! Our chickens live in a 2 acre fenced in area with our dogs (totally fine with each other), our bees, our orchard, and our garden (fenced within that 2 acres). For years, our chickens have never been interested in the far corner where a pond forms in the rainy season. I made the mistake...
  2. m1chelle1

    Arizona Residents! I need your Help!

    Ok BYC Family, My sister and brother in law live in Phoenix, and I am in the process of considering locations within 2 or so hours of Phoenix. I prefer the closer the better. My issue: i just dont understand how anyone in the "greater Phoenix area" can pasture raise their birds. Im from the...
  3. LizzzyJo

    To Grit or not to Grit

    I have 10 month old orpingtons. They have a big run and free range about 2 hours every other day on my 3 acres. More on the weekends. I have tried buying them actual chicken grit before, but they never eat it. They eat kitchen scraps and whatever they find foraging besides their normal food. I...
  4. TheMonroeChicks

    They ate ALL of my lavender!!!

    Hello all, I read that chickens don't eat lavender, so i planted 2 big pots of it outside of my coop to repel flies and look/smell lovely. Well, they ate it ALL!!! Then proceeded to yank the plans out of the pot and throw all around!! :he Thoughts?? Anything they REALLY won't eat, that I can...
  5. beans2

    foraging abilities of different breeds

    I always ask people who keep various species and breeds how good they think their animals are at self-selecting good food when given choice. I find that my Scots Grey rooster, welsummer hens and cream legbars are all excellent at finding forage. they also tend to favour leafy greens over corn...
  6. classicsredone

    What Herbs are Your Favorites for your Flock?

    This is a question for those of you that somehow incorporate herbs into your flock's diet, either while foraging or as part of their daily feed. What herbs do you use? What benefits have you seen, if any? If you could make a mix for your flock, and the cost was not an issue, what herbs would you...
  7. MyChicagoCoop

    When can I let my new flock out to free range?

    Long story short - I picked up 5 new chickens yesterday. Two are 6-month old silkies (they had a large run, but did not free range). Three are 9-week old large fowl (orpington, rhode island red, black star). They are currently in the coop. When would you say it is safe for me to let them venture...
  8. Ducktown

    How much ducks actually eat?

    Here's a question. I've been experimenting with different grains and poultry feeds and watched my 5 indian runner ducks (2 drakes and 3 hens) forage. What I learned is, that they won't eat slugs (or anything) if I feed them 20% protein poultry feed. Well, they do snap at bug from time to time...
  9. R

    Which poultry is best for me? Guinea fowl?

    Hey guys, long time lurker here. I'm not sure if this is the right section for this question so I apologize if it's not. Basically I'm looking for poultry with dark meat which have great foraging skill. Ratites are great but they're too big. It looks to me like guinea fowl would be best for...
  10. ThreeDogFarm

    Guineas have become lazy

    We have five male guineas. One is three years old and the others are two. This summer they have become very lazy. They spend a lot of time laying in the driveway or in the shade instead of foraging the property as they have done in the past. They make a couple quick loops around the house each...
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