Zero Grain Meat chickens tractor


Apr 28, 2013
has anyone ever tried this and is there any design i can make to pull this off

also i know that ducks or turkeys have a better chance of pulling this off. but id like to try it first with meat chickens

(i would like to note i have about a pound of black soldier flies per day, and some duckweed. those are pretty much the only inputs im willing to put in on this experiment.)

im hoping to figure out a breed and possibly a style of land this could be pulled off in. also stocking rates. anyone got any ideas?


Crossing the Road
13 Years
Sep 19, 2009
Holts Summit, Missouri
You would need to keep stocking density very low and move tractor daily over quality forage. Typical meatiies like Cornish X are poorly suited for such as not good a converting hard to digest forages. Depending on your stocking density you will find either protein or energy to be limiting. One lb of soldier flies probably would support 2 or three birds. Intake of vegetation can meet much of birds energy needs but chicks / juveniles with high energy demand will have a hard time extracting sufficient energy. Free-range easier when based on a dual purpose breed with good foraging habits but growth rate much slower than typical meaties realize.

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