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Happy Homesteading Homeschooling Homebirthing Beekeeping Dready (& a bit redneck even) Mama to 4 fab kids : dd (23), dd (13), ds (11), dd (5)
What is the difference between pastured and free range?
When we get chickens they wil have a little 25x40ft yard (for 4 birds). Is that not enough?
Mama to DS (6/07) , DD (6/09) , and DD (07/12) ..
Free range chickens have access to the outdoors but don't necessarily go outside (or something like that). Pastured chickens actually run around outside, eat bugs and live a life close to what nature intended.
We do pastured chickens around here. The best way to do it (and to get the best price) is to find someone who has some property and raises chickens (be sure to check out the feed, conditions, etc.) and then buy what you need for the year at the time they slaughter. This requires freezer space but that way you get healthy chicken at a decent price.
So you forse the chickens outside and then they are pastured? vs. giving them the option to be in or out? That seems like a silly distinction.
I will have to look into buying a bunch all at once. We currently buy conventional chickem for DH because we can't justify the cost. I would love to find a way to get it cheaper. My mom has a huge deep freeze that we could store them in.
Kelly,newly single mom of four wonderful children.