These are some of the most spoiled birds you will ever meet! I have constructed a coop and run area that is about 15ft x 75ft out of mainly pallets and stuff i found on side of the road. The chickens free range from sun up to sun down. I have built several boxes covered with wire to grow pasture grass mixes of clover alfalfa rye wheat and the wire keeps chickens from killing the plants and is also a form of activity to keep them busy! swfl The girls on a diet of fermented feed and sprouted grains and I grow fodder for them. I also give them lots of fresh purselane to ensure their eggs are extra high in omega 3 and more healthy than “regular” eggs. Fermenting feed and sprouting grains, helps to unlock all the good stuff like amino acids and B vitamins and turns ordinary feed into a super healthy probiotic feed. This process truely makes the chickens and their eggs more healthy. Fodder and sprouts are made from a mixture of seeds like wheat, rye, millett, oat, clover whatever I can find . The system is tied into the aquaponic system and is grown out in seeding trays for about 2 days up to a week till its a thick mat of grass and then fed daily to the chickens. This makes their eggs super healthy and more favorable. My eggs are in high demand! See the difference between them vs supermarket egg.
I am raising chickens sustainably by creating a small eco system in my backyard that is able to sustain a much higher per acre number of hens yet still allow them to live a natural life. Normally groups of hens are rotated through several acres as each area needs rest for plants to regrow. I am creating a much smaller footprint by creating vegitation that can survive without rest so it makes my 1 acre the equivalent of 5-20 acres. By growing food for them in the aquaponic system it saves water compared to traditional growing methods. Other things i am doing include obtaining food waste for composting to have extra bugs to eat, I grow food for them to eat and i even have mealworm farm going as another protien source that is grown on stale cereal and food scraps that would otherwise be trashed. I also use poultry manure as fertilizer and as feed for black soldier fly larvae that are fed to chickens and fish. .