This time of year, folks want to know about raising chickens on pasture. With that in mind, we wanted to reach out to our On Pasture Community again because we know that you’ve got a wealth of experience to share. Grant, who asked about starting a ranch from scratch, really appreciated all the ideas you shared. We’ll be sharing some of them as On Pasture articles, because they are so useful for anyone starting a ranch. (Here’s the first, from new On Pasture author, Dan Nosal. Thanks, Dan!) Based on that success, we knew you would be the right crew to help all the folks with chicken questions, too.
Here are some things maybe you can answer from your experience:
What’s the best advice you have for starting new poultry, especially on pasture?
What do you feed your meat chicks? What do you expect it to cost?
What do you feed your layers and what do you expect it to cost?
Are there breeds you prefer?
What do you do to ensure a profit with meat or eggs?
Poultry Housing – what do you like best and why?
If you have a book, website or other resource to suggest, I’m sure your fellow producers would find that helpful. In the meantime, we’ve accumulated all the On Pasture articles published so far at our “How to Raise Chickens Library” page. We’ll add to this page as we add more poultry articles. If you’re new to On Pasture, you might want to sign up for our weekly Tuesday emails so you can see new information as it comes in.
So help your fellow poultry farmers and ranchers out. Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below. You can also send them to as as an email, and then, just like we’re doing with the “How to Start a Ranch From Scratch” emails, we’ll accumulate them and then, with your permission, share them as future On Pasture articles.
Thanks for reading and being a part of the On Pasture Community. Here’s to hearing from you, and here’s to spring!
Kathy and Rachel