wynn williamson wrote:
don't chickens naturally fly up into low branches to protect themselves at night. is this a silly scenario to bear in mind?
wynn williamson wrote:I don't know why I can't find an answer to this question? Maybe it is assumed that anyone thinking of owning chickens has some level of responsibility - perhaps much like it is assumed for any human parent?
I have a relatively large plot of land and would really like to have chickens, ducks, etc. The problem is that we travel quite regularly and also often get back home from the City late at night (12 am, 1 am, etc.) and are often away from home during the day. Plus, we have four children which are pretty demanding in their own right!
Right now we don't have any pets but we'd like to start incorporating SOME animals into our developing garden. We are vegetarian (borderline vegan) and don't like the idea in general of penning up animals, clipping wings, etc.
I've learned from our plant experience is that we have had the most luck when we spend a bit of time thinking things through, designing, putting in concentrated effort and then let things manage more or less on their own (e.g., automatic watering system, swales, etc.) I suppose this doesn't apply to animals?
Sorry, long ramble, basically wondering if there are any "hands off" ways to raise chickens or similar. If I don't clip their wings it's not like they can sleep at night in the trees or anything, right?