I have raised various breeds for meat in Salatin style broiler pens. Now I am raising Cornish Cross meat birds, several pens of them, at the same time. As they grow, I'm not pleased with how crowded they appear to be, even though most of them are stocked 2 sf per bird. I then saw Beekissed's vid of her little CX running all over the yard, followed by reading of alternatives that allow for more freedom for the birds in the following books: Humane and Healthy Poultry Production: A Manual for Organic Growers by Karma Glos Free-Range Poultry Production & Marketing, by Herman Beck-Chinoweth. Both of them discuss a more open, free ranging type of setup, based on a pasture shelter and moving the feed (rather than the shelter) daily to get the birds to move to different spots. The former utilizes electric poultry netting to discourage predators (you can click on the link to read an excerpt), the latter on distance from the fenceline and a shelter that closes up at night. Both models seem to be effective ways to protect the birds, give them free access to pasture, and control their grazing. Both use Cornish Cross as their meat bird of choice. I was wondering if anyone else out there uses a system that takes advantage of free range. If so, I would very much appreciate your thoughts and advice. I doubt I can do it this year, but it is something I would like to try next spring. Thanks.