Anna Hopping wrote:adding to questions from above:
I am not so interested in a big meat bird than i am in sustainable production. if a bird type does well on foraging i can live with a smaller bird. but just being smaller dose not mean it is a good forger or thrives on forage verses grain. i read paul's write up on different chicken production methods and i want to do the paddock one. it seems more natural and in my experience we had the free range which did not negatively effect out life as he said a few stated but i also have experienced the negative effects in smaller spaces. so it was good to get a run down on what others have been doing. The write up helped me a lot.
i do not want the bread up kind that grow off quickly and i do not want to depend on buying chicks.
i am not really interested in having to have eggs all the time. i can do without eggs when they are not laying or are slow. that is natural. we eat fruit when it is ripe.
so a good forager that has not breed out its instincts to reproduce that has some kind of size. not subject to getting out is a plus and even if they will protect them self is a plus. although gentle is nice as well.
i like to watch a momma hen protect her chicks and guide them to their food.
i know bannies are great brooders and can raise sever bachus of chicks a year. but they are small. so a little larger would be nice. bannies we had as children were feral and tended their self. we of course had actions that brought food available to them. they fly out so that would create a different type need.
i do not like the bare ground pens. and i will not have land for grazing. maybe at the beginning but i have food forest planed and begun.
also the number will depend on my ability to provide forage for them. so i figure we will grow together.
so knowing a good number to have to have good genetics and ratio to roaster is important.
tim Trammell wrote:I'm not interested in franken-chickens, only heritage breeds.