What are the benefits of raising pastured poultry?
I’m no expert! But what I learn and discover, I’ll pass on to you! We’ll talk about all of the different types of egg carton labels in another post. Free range, cage free, and pastured raised, what does it all mean!
Pastured chickens offer many benefits to the sustainable farm, supplying eggs and/or meat, enhancing soil fertility, and controlling weeds and insects. Advantages of raising poultry on pasture include:
Improved farm soil fertility and disease prevention. Poultry enhance soil fertility by working their manure into the soil, and they help manage crop pests by grazing on weeds and insects. Also, birds can be rotated into pasture following other livestock (such as cattle) to control fly and parasite problems. In short our Ladies and Roo help the grass grow! keep the bugs away.
Being a small start up farm raising chickens in the pasture increase farm profitability with minimal capital investment. Pastured poultry enhance and diversify the farm operation, providing several income options with minimal investment for housing, equipment, and maintenance. We have broiler (meat) and and various types of laying hens. (Didn’t know there was more than one type pf chicken?!?! that’s another post.) P.S. majority of the chicken pictures I post is of our laying hens 🙂
Remember health class? You are what you eat! Better health for the chickens and better health for the consumers who eat their products. Pastured birds eat grasses and legumes that contain Vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids, nutrients that are known to reduce cholesterol. Pastured birds also have more access to adequate space, fresh air, sunshine, and exercise, and thus maintain better physical health than confined birds (pastured birds require no hormones or antibiotics unless faced with acute illness). With more exercise, birds maintain a lower fat content, which is healthier for the bird and YOU the consumer.