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Can Chickens Sustain Themselves?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Salt and Light, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have free ranging leghorns and a couple freedom ranger hens. Just out of curiosity, is it practical for these birds to successfully thrive on free range only? I have 5 acres of woods/grass.
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Miami and Key West, among many other places, have many feral chickens. They survive. I don't know that they thrive.
     
  3. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays Premium Member

    Quote:My thoughts too.
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    They'll survive, as mentioned. Egg production may be impaired, and weight gain would be slow, if those things are of interest to you. Many folks who free range and offer feed report their birds don't seem to eat a lot of feed, but it is there and a nice backup in case the bird has an "off" day scratching around.
     

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