Pasture raising poultry on raw land

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by hellowalls, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. hellowalls

    hellowalls New Egg

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    Hey everyone! Newbie here. I live in TN and work as a whole animal butcher. I am buying a plot of land and was thinking about raising ducks and pheasant for the butcher shop and some restaurants. I wa wondering if anyone has experience raising on raw land or property away from the homestead. I have a few questions/concerns and was hoping some experts might weigh in:

    Is it doable?
    Is it possible?
    Has anyone had success?
    Would I have to be out at the property everyday?
    Could I use trailers as a successful method?
    What are your general opinions on this?

    Thanks for your time guys and gals and enjoy your Friday/weekend!
     
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I think it is probably doable but - I wouldn't personally want to do it as I would spend the whole time worrying about predators and water freezing in winter and lack of shade in summer, etc. Mine do have the ability to range quite a few acres - and they make good use of it and graze a lot - but I like having them close enough I can see them and run down and check on them several times throughout the day.
     
  3. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! x2 on the above advice, good luck to you.
     
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! You might try posting on the pheasant and duck boards about tractor raising them etc. Would you have access to any utilities, water, electric? I know people on BYC have mentioned having animals on other properties, or keeping them somewhere else etc before they move for awhile. When you think about it, a lot of us are gone 10-12 hours a day if we work away from home, if you check them once a day or so it is not ideal, but not that much different. Depending on the area, I would also worry about human thieves.
     
  5. hellowalls

    hellowalls New Egg

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    Awesome everybody thanks for the help!!!
     
  6. texgardengal

    texgardengal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a friend who had ducks on a property she owned. It has a pond so water was not an issue and she used a feeder like hunters use to bait a spot by a deer blind. It drops corn or feed of some kind every day. I would think it would work the same way as long as you provided some sort of shelter?? Worked for her...
     
  7. hellowalls

    hellowalls New Egg

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    Texgardengal:

    What kind of structure where the ducks in...or where they just frnced
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC![​IMG]Happy you joined us! And Merry Christmas!
     
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Feeding and watering systems could be arranged, but I would be concerned with predation from both animals and humans on an unattended property.
     

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