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How do people keep over 30 chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Wednesday, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. Wednesday

    Wednesday Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read people on here that have a tons of chickens. How is a flock that size managed? Do you free range? Build tons of coops and runs? Inquiring minds want to know:)
     
  2. bugglesmommy

    bugglesmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Both. Some of my birds are free ranged, and I have a number of coops and pens and more in the making.
     
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    I do both as well. My confined birds have comparatively a lot of space per bird and are either kept singly of in pairs most of time. The free-ranged birds are kept in groups numbering not more than 30 individuals per group with roost spaced out so groups can be encouraged to have largely non-overlapping areas to forage. Even with a single free-range flock, I invest considerable effort ensuring they have adequate cover and properly managed pasture so the can get out and find eats. Going the free-range option you can greatly reduce feed requirements but predator management either becomes more intensive or losses to predators increases.
     
  4. Wednesday

    Wednesday Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This chicken business is anything but easy :)
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Chickens are fairly easy to manage. I free-range but I prefer large runs. We have lots of coops. Haha, yeah I understand ;)
     

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