Gene Water wrote:Seeding. When exactly do we seed? Seems the best use of the pigs is to mob seed and let them trample it all into the ground, no? But what of the chickens, if we let them into the paddock after the pigs, won't they be eating much of that seed? Or do we storm seed after the chickens have a go at the paddock?
Gene Water wrote:Paddock fencing. I read much about using 2 or 3 strand elect. for pigs, or something sturdy like pig panels, and then I go on youtube and see a fella using chicken netting with his pigs, no problem. Is this guy an enigma? Must say, I like the idea lots if others have done ok with it. This would be to subdivide the paddocks only, the entire pasture is horse fenced already and I'm thinking welded wire stapled to it.
Gene Water wrote:Hay. I'm thinking to grow my own, why not? There's an acre or so of lawn out back I could leave alone to grow out, seems that should be more than enough for bedding for everybody. But, am curious about training pigs to eat it. I'm in northern IL, it's mostly KY bluegrass here. Would pigs want to eat that or should my plan be to seed some other type of grass?
Gene Water wrote:Seeding in evening, meaning the chickens don't chase after them as you toss them and will likely not notice small seeds the next day when out grazing?
Gene Water wrote:Another thing I was wondering, how beneficial is it to the soil to have the chickens follow the pigs' rotation on the paddock?
Gene Water wrote: Would we be better served keeping the pigs rotating on separate paddocks and mob seeding, while doing storm and frost seeding (I learned all this seeding stuff from your website, btw) after the chickens on their own paddocks?
Gene Water wrote:Do you think 1.5 acres is enough to subdivide into paddocks for 2 pigs and 20 something chickens w/o it turning into a mud pit?
Gene Water wrote: The patch of lawn for hay growing is a ways away from the fenced pasture where all that would be, so that was my thinking of utilizing the land (else I'd have to herd them there, or worse...mow the lawn). Processing the hay, I'm thinking all low tech / high labor stuff and just stack in the barn sans baling. I'm sure I'm underestimating the process, but is it by much or just a little?