Sunday, 29 July 2018

Blank Canvas - Free Range Chickens (Part 1)

Free Range Coop
Farming Free Range has its challenges and rewards. The rewards outweigh the chalanges in the long run, but it is very tiresome to reach the goal. Free Range Chickens and Eggs are becoming more and more popular. Not only because of health reasons, but because of morals. People are becoming more and more conscious about healing the planet.
So here we have a 70m run under 20% Shade Cloth. Extremely cheap to build. The down side is nothing can get in or out. This leads over grazing very quickly. At 10 Chickens per square meter the population density is comfortable, but high for self sustainability.
What is needed is Greens and Insects. Both will have to carted in to sustain this density level. Such larte open space has given the flock pritty much room to manuvior and they spent loads of energy. It is an excellent standard for morals, but places high demand on food.
What we trying to achieve is to have a selfsustainable food supply. This will only be possible through Composting and edible plants. Since hight is a problem pruning will be essential. This will generate the food and contribute to the Composting.
So here we have our blank canvas. Far left hand corner a food court will be established for the egg laying ladies.
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By Petrus (Bierpens) Viviers

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