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Is it best to have a five paddock system with the paddocks receiving four weeks of rest when not in use or will a four paddock system (3 week rest) be fine?

Has anyone used hugel beds to keep the chickens in a paddock? This would create more food for the chickens while saving money on fence. Im guessing a steep, six-foot bed would do wonders.

of course there would be plenty of forage trees (apple, mulberry, nut, etc) and bushes between the beds...
 
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i think they could easily climb the bed, but it could save money anyway to run the fence on top of the bed because you dont have to go near as high as the birds wont be able to fly over them as well
 
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you think chickens could climb a 60 degree, six foot bed, that is covered in growth? I doubt half of America could climb one.
 
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A tall, steep hugelbed wouldn't necessarily keep the chickens in if they are determined.
As long as there was plenty for them to eat, and play with, they should be content.
Also, being tall would prevent them from seeing that 'the grass was greener' on the other side.

 
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The outside fence is a hugel bed with a swale on the inside, say 3-4 ft deep with a 5-6ft tall, steep bed above/outside. I think this would keep the birds inside. The land peaks in the middle so a swale would keep the birds in, collect snow/water and run cold air off the soil....

The paddock dividing beds would just be as steep as possible. Each paddock would have plenty of foraging foods, insect habitat. Im hoping they wont feel a need to skip town.
 
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