SO here is the deal. People love to talk about free range this and that. "Oh, my hens have soo much free range."
How many people have been in this situation:
PERMIE FRIEND: Hey, you want to come check out my chickens?
ME: Sure, I love chickens. Cluck Cluck!
We pass through a lush meadow with a rich, functioning ecosystem towards the 'free range' chickens yard. As we approach, there is a strong fowl smell.
PERMIE FRIEND: Here they are! They have this WHOLE area to free range. Surely there is at least a 1/4 acre fenced in here for only 20 hens. That is way less than the recommended free range space.
ME: True. But why does it smell and how come there are so many bald patches? It looks like there is much less vegetation and what is left has its roots all scratched bare.
It had just rained and there are standing muck puddles around, flavoured with chicken turds.
PERMIE FRIEND: You know, its true. This chicken area is pretty worn down. And its kind of gross to come out here after rains. Its also dusty when it gets real dry.
ME: MY friend, I am sorry to tell you, but your chickens have destroyed the actve decay cycle. And we need to act fast to solve this once and for all!
Uncontrolled Free Range will always lead to the breakdown of active decay cycles over time. This means sad land and sad chickens. Then sad you.
It doesnt matter the size of your free range. Even if they have no fence at all, if the hens have a stationary house and unlimited access to range, they will over-use the area all around the house, and under-use all the far lying sweet spots.
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I really learned a lot out of it, and have noticed similar things with my flocks of chickens and ducks. Ducks, like chickens, tend to hang out a lot in their favorite areas, and poop there a lot, too. Usually, if I don't have too many ducks, this isn't a problem, as the grass usually likes the extra nitrogen and it's never too much. But, right now they've been staying near the house to be safe from predators, and the area has gotten quite poopy. While ducks don't tear up the ground like chickens, so the grass is still doing fine, it is starting to stink from the lack of relative carbon.
I love how well drawn this comic is. The pictures are very nicely drawn and pleasing to the eye, and they do a fantastic job of illustrating the concepts in the book. I don't know if I would call this a comic, because it is so much higher quality. It's more like a well illustrated handbook.
The information in it is very understandable and well explained. It explains the basics of composting and the reasons behind their methods really well. I will definetly be applying this knowledge to my chicken-keeping!
The comic goes into three methods for keeping chickens without them causing too much destruction: tractors, rotational paddocks, and a composting coop. I'm wondering if there could be a fourth, too. Right now, my chickens have the area surrounding their coop filled with wood chips. I throw in veggie scraps and weeds in there, and they tear it all up and have a great time. There's no chicken poop smell because of all the carbon and happy soil/compost microbiota. In the area away from their coop, they still have plenty of green grass and weeds to eat. I've only had my four chickens for half a year now, so I can't speak to how long this will work, but I'm wondering if there could be a mix of large run/free range with a composting coop and area around their coop?
I think this is a very handy book for anyone keeping chickens or planning on keeping chickens.