I'll see Joel Salatin Saturday morning at the farmers' market (our
spaces are adjacent) and will give him a copy of your questions. Since
he is "too busy farming for all that e-mail stuff," I'll see if I can
get a response and I'll get back to you.
Looking at Greg's reply, he is pretty much on track; however, the pens
are actually 12' x 10'. The pastured poultry is indeed a part of the
beef operation. One key difference between pastured poultry and
free-range is that pastured chickens are moved onto fresh ground every
day, and are not rotated back to that ground until forage conditions
permit. This also prevents a build up of possible pathogens in any one
spot. With free-range birds, (second best method in my opinion) the
chickens can develop a tendency to congregate in the same areas day
after day after day. This is (1) bad on pasture, (2) allows a build up
of manure in one spot, and (3) easy for predators to "learn" their
prey's favorite hangouts.
More later. Gotta get ready for opening day at the market!
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