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Below is a video of our basic pastured poultry pen setup based on the Polyface pen. We have electric net fencing around the pens as this was the first batch we did at this site so we took some extra precautions for the first week.

 

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The hot weather in the past week has resulted in us The shade tenthaving to put in place a few extraordinary measures to try to help the chickens cope better with the jump in temperature. 

 

The first of these was simply to add an extra bucket to the water reservoir so....

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Chickens in the pasture penAt some point between 2-4 weeks, we transfer the chicks to their pasture pens.  The main reasons for the variation in the timeframe is the time of year (temperature) and expected weather – if bad weather is predicted, we will wait a few extra days.

 

The pens, each containing approx 75 chickens, are moved every morning to provide a fresh salad bar of greens for the chicks to ......  

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Chicks in brooder

When the chicks arrive, the main concern is getting them access to heat at approximately 32 degrees C .  Once they have warmed up they will then seek out water and food.  Our recent batch arrived on a day when it was approximately 37 degrees C so the chicks were straight to the food and water.

 

We use timber shavings and sawdust ......

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