Egg Layers on Pasture

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Happy Hens

We have moved our egg layers onto spring pasture and they love it!
The new grass and winter clover and vetch makes for a feast that our girls can’t resist. We began ‘pasturing’ our poultry about eighteen months ago; the result is a happier chicken, better pasture management and healthier eggs. The birds are fed a free-choice grain and once per week their feed is supplemented with grit, small stones and tiny rocks that aid in the digestive process.

imageWe use an electric net fence that protects from predators. The electric netting is energized using a solar powered fence charger. By using a solar-powered charger, the entire setup is portable.

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Lots of Water!

 

 

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Flooded Pig Pasture

We are having a very wet spring. Since March 27th, we have received almost a foot of rainfall! With more rain in the forecast, we are patiently waiting to get the garden planting and move our pigs to Pasture #3 & #4; however both those pastures are covered with several inches of water.

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Potatoes and Onions!

We received 6-1/4 inches of rain this past weekend and the potatoes and onions are coming on strong. To much rain can be detrimental to these crops, but our soil is well-drained and rich in nutrients.

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Red ‘taters after a good rain
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Red, yellow and white onions

Today we added fish emulsion fertilizer and plowed the soil with our Hoss Tools Double Wheel Hoe. Plowing the soil every few days keeps grass and weeds from robbing precious nutrients that are otherwise needed by the intended plants.

 

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