Feeding the chickens

All my poultry, guineas and the chickens, are free range pastured with chicken coops for shelter.  I seemed to notice that when their feeder was full they tended not to free range so much.  I would rather have them scavenging the pastures than sitting in the shade relaxing because they were full from their feed. 

searching the pastures for bugs

searching the pastures for bugs

 

So what I did was put just enough feed in the feeders at night that they could munch on and pretty much finish off before I opened them up in the morning, then no more feed until the evening shut-in.  It seemed to help keep them moving during the day (unless it was too hot or rainy, of course).  I really love to see them fanning out across the pastures and know they are earning their keep.

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