Chickens on Allotments - Self-sufficiency
Being self-sufficient with home grown eggs is one of the benefits of chickens as a hobby.
With allotments there is also an opportunity to move towards self-sufficiency in growing your own poultry feed. The self-sufficiency minded poultry keeper can grow a large variety of crops for chicken feed.
The ability to save both feed and food miles adds another dimension to small-scale poultry keeping.
Completely free-range poultry, in the right circumstances, can provide all the bird's dietary needs, but attempting to replicate nature's snack bar is difficult.
Grass-fed poultry can be a key part of a sustainable poultry system. Grass is available for most of the year providing protein and valuable micro-nutrients. Grass can be managed and on a limited space such as allotments it can be brought into the chicken run for feeding.
With natural brooding there is also self-sufficiency with breeding new stock.