I live in central TX, and just purchased about 2 acres of land. Part of that will not be accessible to chickens as there is a house, will be a fencec garden, and there will be a small fenced small animal breeding area for educational programs. We have rich and varied arthropod/bug life on our land from the smewhat unpleasant (red wasps, ants including invasives, mosquitoes) to the type I am excited to see (dung beetles, beetles in general, grasshoppers, mantids, velvet "ants", etc). I was originally going to get a good ammount of chickens for meat and eggs, but I am really fond of having all these bugs around, and the reptiles and birds that eat them. People remark that when their chickens moved in, their bugs moved out (or rather, moved into the chickens' stomachs). What kind of stocking density can my land handle that will allow the bugs to keep flourishing? I was thinking of having a pet egg layer, and then a breeding trio of dorkings who would vary in numbers as we would eat their offspring. Let's be conservative and say that 4-10 chickens would have 1.2 acres of land to roam in central TX. Would that wipe out my bugs? I hope to have a compost pile, a butterfly/hummingbird garden (open to the chickens), and various micro-habitats to encourage insect life, and plan to farm crickets and beetles to feed to my chickens to hopefully curb their hunger for native bugs.