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You're confusing concepts. Chickens are used to prepare the ground prior to the planting of the food forest. They weed the ground, fertilize and lay eggs. They are confined inside moveable fencing, and any domestic breed will do the job. In no universe do they mow lawns. See http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-agriculture/using-chickens-plant-food-forest....


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FORGET chickens, bucko. They might eat seeds and seedlings but in no universe I know they actually cut grass down. My goodness. If you are wanting A LAWN forget about hiring goats, horses, cattle...sheeps. That is fine for pasture but you'd have to be able to rotate them before they eat down to the crowns and demolish any grass plants you have. If you ...


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Chickens are not lawn mowers. They eat grass, but they select what they like (plants with relatively large leaves are preferred, like clovers, Plantago, etc). So you have no uniform cutting. They like also much the ground, so they will start to throw away grass in patches, so that they can delouse (if it is dry) or looking for worms (if is is more humid). ...


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At least within permaculture chickens are employed to get rid of any weeds and other types of hardy plants. I dare say that "all cover crops" really means all cover crops. Don't let chickens near your cover crops. If you still want to use chickens in your forest make a movable chicken coop (a chicken tractor) of a decent (big) size and see what they do to ...


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There isn't much to do at all. Chickens are just fine in snow and at night pile on top each other for warmth. The primary issue with cold weather and chickens is crop freezing. So pick a cold-hearty breed such as wyandottes, which are known to be very resistant to that problem. Obviously the chickens will want access to clean, dry nest boxes for laying ...


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Quail Though I haven't kept them myself, I remember reading that quail tend to be much quieter than chickens (especially when compared with roosters!), require a smaller area to live and are well suited for suburban backyards. They and their eggs can be eaten and are generally considered a delicacy. Here's a basic introduction about them: http://www....


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We've been keeping chickens for a few years now, and in my experience they don't seem to mind a few hours without access to the nest boxes. They will sometimes lay an egg in other places, we get to know their favourite spots, and often they wwill just hang around the entrance waiting for you to finish. Last year when we had more hens, they often all wanted ...


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I use free range chickens to help with lawn management. They do an excellent job and do not destroy the lawn if they have enough space to roam. Any breed will do. I now cut the grass only a few times each year so they save me lots of work.


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I have kept some chickens in the past and let me assure you, they eat anything. I've observed these little dutch bantams catching frogs and mice... Also, slugs, worms and other harmful insects in my cabbage patch - as well as the cabbage underneath :-( You should really try to allow them to roam free and forage for themselves (MIRG may be an option). They ...


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In commercial chicken operations, it's down to the question of conversion rates of feed, and it varies by breed, and that translates directly to small farm operations (though the rates go down as management gets less rigid). Here's a brief article that gives you an idea of the scope. Rotate their pasture and farm bugs in the fallow areas if you can.


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