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Do any of you raise chickens?

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posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 07:46 PM
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We used to raised chickens about 10 yrs ago and they could roam freely on our property so of course they were considered "free range"...

My question is, if a we have to keep them enclosed (ie pen/coop encloser) how much space is needed for them to just eat off the ground and not have to be constantly fed. We really never really fed our chickens in the summertime but had to supplement feed over winter months. We live in town now but do have a large enough lot to raise chickens (3 at most, 2 hens/1 rooster) of course we cannot let the roam all over the neighborhood so we will have to enclose them.

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posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 08:00 PM
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You need to buy or build yourself a chicken tractor. They are movable housing that allows you to move it around so they can graze and still be controlled.

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posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 08:01 PM
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I think your best bet would be to have the enclosure portable so that when the Chickens clean one area you can move to the next. I have seen people in a more urban area "hide" a few chickens under a trampoline. There are many diagrams out there of more suitable portable enclosures available. plans

I feel this is the best method to minimize supplemental feeding.



posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 08:01 PM
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posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 08:02 PM
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You might try a "chicken tractor" which is basically a mobile pen. Usually it can easily house 6-12 chickens...come in a variety of shapes and concepts...everything from a sled that can be pulled to a cage on wheels...

All the benefits of free range with none of the concerns. Can be made from wood, scrap lumber, PVC, etc. Easy to find designs on the internet.



posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 08:03 PM
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I think the votes in. Chicken tractor it is.



posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 08:07 PM
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We have chickens. I have 6 in a 10x10 area, and 4 in a 10x20 area. They both lay the same and are generally healty.



posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 08:08 PM
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Here are some links to help with your inner city farm. The video shows a farmer getting 3 tons of food per year in 1/10 of an acre. Amazing!

They also raise chickens. The urban homestead Site will also have more of the info on chickens. (link below) Hope this helps.



urbanhomestead.org...

attra.ncat.org...

www.organicproducermag.com...



posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 08:10 PM
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Yes, the chicken tractor is a great idea. A few friends have it and it's the way to go for a small area.



posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 08:51 PM
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That is an awesome video. That family is incredible and makes me envy them. You've just kicked off my urge to build the ultimate garden this year.




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