Preparing chicken paddocks

140316RotavatingChickenPaddock_03aOur chickens are free range – although duck mights have been better this wet winter! We like to keep our chickens in chickens paddocks which are basically grass but with a mixture of other plants so that the chickens get a variety of plants to eat and this improves the flavour of the eggs. We hope that once the paddocks are established they will not become so water logged when it rains!

Here I am rotavating the next patch to sew with the special seed mix. The mix these species of plants

  • Turf Perennial Ryegrass
  • Strong Fescue
  • Hard Fescue
  • Chewings Fescue
  • Lucerne
  • Birdsfoot Trefoil
  • White Clover
  • Red Clover
  • BURNET Forage Herb
  • CHICORY Forage Herb
  • PARSLEY Forage Herb
  • RIBGRASS Forage Herb
  •  YARROW Forage Herb

The seed was supplied by The Grass Seed Store  so look out for Mr Scarecrow moving which will mean we have got the seed sown….

 

 

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