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

    May 20, 2008
    Osteen, FL
    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 Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    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

    Quote:My thoughts too.
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    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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