Pasture chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Serina81, May 28, 2010.

  1. Serina81

    Serina81 Songster

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    Can chickens live on pasture alone?[​IMG] Or do you have to supplement them?
     
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

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    Pasture probably won't give them all the nutrients they need to produce a lot of eggs, but they could SURVIVE on it
     
  3. JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom

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    We pasture. When pastured alone we do not get the rates of growth or eggs you get when supplemental feed is supplied.

    They eat a lot less feed when on pasture.
     
  4. Serina81

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    I guess I'll have to have the right breed too. I had brahmas out in the pasture and a few died. I think they starved, but I'm not sure. There was no other reason. I took the rest (who felt really bony) out of the pasture and put them in a pen. I have blue-laced red wyandottes still out in pasture and they're just fine. What breeds do well on pasture?
     
  5. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

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    What do you have growing in your pasture?
     
  6. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

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    Quote:Honey it depends on what's growing in your pasture. There;s stuff a chicken won't eat. I seem to remember that feather footed birds can't scratch as well for food.
     
  7. Serina81

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    Mostly kentucky blue grass. The goats are fat and happy on nothing but grass so I thought the chickens would be too. And there's tons of bugs out there.
     

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