Chickens on Allotments - Grass-fed for Farm-fresh Produce
Grassland vegetation areas enable chickens to eat all the varied grasses, plants and insects that they can find. Hens grazing on good quality grass and other greens will have good coloured egg yolks.
Chickens grown and fed in a completely natural way would be an ideal environment but at allotments there is a limit to the amount of grassland and resources that can be made available on a typical plot size.
If there is no means of providing access to any grassland you can put lawn mowing’s in the run or place trays with growing grass in the run.
Trays can be removed to let the grass recover to provide continual access to fresh living grass.
Moving a tray after a few days will reveal worms and other unfortunate invertebrates underneath the tray for more healthy chicken snacks.
Cows and sheep can be raised totally on grass, but poultry cannot. Turkeys and Geese can subsist almost exclusively on good grassland during the growing season.
Grass is at its best in the spring and early summer when it contains a high level of protein as well as xanthophyll. Long grass is woody and not good nutritionally for chickens. Grass should be kept short, no longer than 12 cm (5″).
If allowed access to enough grassland, chickens will eat up to a third of their calories in grass alone.
Eating large proportions of living green plants, while foraging naturally for bugs and seeds and a myriad of other natural commodities, results in healthy poultry with very tasty eggs and meat (in a way that nothing else can).