Lynn Wu wrote:I am planning to do this year round in Southern California, in the Los Angeles area. They would be egg layers. The fresh food scraps would get mixed into a fresh pile for the chickens to feed on - feedstocks would be brought in on dump trucks. I imagine the eggs would be collected by hand. Manure would be moved by tractor/bucket loader. I don't have a site at the moment, but I would want it to be on fairly flat slope with well-drained soil.
I would think that the manure and compost would be far more valuable to improve the soil to grow more forage, and use the eggs as the primary income stream. A secondary income stream could be stewing hens to high end restaurants potentially. I guess it depends a whole lot on market prices for eggs and compost. But I seriously doubt you could beat the eggs.
Lynn Wu wrote:I'm working on a design for a compost and chickens business model. I'm thinking 500 chickens to start with, and am wondering if anyone knows of where I can find an appropriately sized chicken coop for this many chickens? A place to lay eggs and sleep. They would be foraging food scraps outside the barn.
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