Forrest Pritchard

Forrest has been farming professionally since 1996. His book Gaining Ground: A Story Of Farmers Markets, Local Food & Saving The Family Farm is now available from Lyons Press. Click HERE to order.

15 responses to “Mob Grazing with Chickens”

  1. Ryan Heneise

    Fascinating! I have always had problems with nets shorting in tall grass. How do you deal with that problem?

  2. Ryan Heneise

    Thanks Forrest – that bigger charger would probably help a lot. Currently we use a portable solar charger from Premier One, but our soil is so sandy and dry that it only works well if I mow the grass before moving the fence. To me, mowing kind of defeats the purpose of mob grazing chickens.

    We have our current flock of layers (about 50) in a mobile coop with the portable fence around it. Each day I open the fence and allow them to roam around the pasture. Not mob grazing exactly, but they do help a great deal with our grasshoppers.

    Our property is too small to support more than one or two cows, so it’s great to see somebody mob grazing with just chickens. I love Joel Salatin, but it’s sometimes discouraging to try to scale his ideas down to our size.

  3. Craig

    Thanks Forrest for the article, really enjoyed it, and your book! One question, in reading your book I know you don’t do any haying on your farm, so what do you do with the 15 acres the year it’s resting with no animals on it?

  4. Darienne C.

    Hi Forrest, this article was a joy to read. As a lover of feathered things and current student pursuing a degree in sustainable agriculture in Vermont, this pastured production model is very appealing to me as I think about my future. I had a few questions, though: What do you do about storing and distributing their feed and water? Do you have grain bins and water tanks nearby?

  5. Gregorio Rodriguez

    Hello Forrest, thanks for the information, this will be very helpfull for us. Can you please send me the information of where can I get the fence? The company that produce it. Thanks a lot for the article and for your helpfull

  6. Scotty

    ok, so I have 1 acre and that is it.. How many birds can I run on an acre? Can you tell me how to figure that out?

  7. Jeffrey McAvoy

    Hello I like the concept, I have a small area to pasture a total of 5acres of great pasture and 5acres of poor… I really donot want to have that much chickens have you seen any success with rotating sheep and after they graze bring in the chickens,I was thinking around 10 sheep how many chickens would you suggest with the sheep?

  8. sam

    Forrest,

    For you feeding is that 1/3 lb per bird per day?

  9. Julie

    Curious if you have had any loss from aerial predators? We’d like to try this concept this spring.

  10. Erin Roethlisberger

    Hi Forrest, Just a quick question – on your quick tips sheet, you say to maintain a reading of 4.0 on the fence – 4.0 what? This seems high to be the joule output of the energizer – since Kencove recommends 0.25 per net as a minimum, this seems like the latter be much too low to be of use against predators! Also, any ideas on how many joules per (single 165′ net) keeps the output at 4.0? Thanks, Erin

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