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February 21, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 189

Many say chickens cannot possibly eat grass, that their digestive tract isn't set up for it. They say it looks like chickens are eating grass but really they are just picking at things between the blades of grass.

If allowed, chickens will consume 30% of their calories from grass. That is a lot of grass since grass is very low in calories. Chickens also need animal protein. Just like humans chickens are omnivores.

The all vegetarian chicken is more of a convenience to the mass-producer, so he doesn't have to worry about the potential of latent animal diseases in poultry feed. They are leery of disease, which might bring about the destruction of their entire laying flock.

Strictly vegetarian fed chickens can potentially be undernourished. An all-vegetarian diet is not natural as stated earlier they need animal protein. Chickens need to be free to roam grasslands that are not stripped by too many animals in one place, allowing them to consume a myriad of bugs and lots of wild plants. When supplemented with grains, and especially with fish meal, these chickens will be the healthiest around, and live and lay eggs for many, many years. Farmers say chickens can lay eggs for 12 years or more. Fish meal is the biggest source of protein for those healthy birds.

Allowing chickens to consume as much living grass as they want as well as other living things in natural grasslands can give significant health benefits to the consumer today. It is being considered more and more that grass-fed or pastured poultry eggs are good for the heart, and that not only should they not be avoided, gut they should be specifically included in the diet.

Chickens, however, need some grain in their diet. It is very difficult to raise 100% grass-fed chickens. It is shown in tests that even greatly-reduced-grain ration in chicken diets, supplemented with very large free-range grass consumption, still produces meat that is relatively high in Omega-6's compared to the meat and milk of grass-fed birds.

Raising your own chickens whether it is for selling of eggs or having your own eggs can be a very satisfying experience. To begin this wonderful adventure you will first need a chicken coop. An easy and inexpensive solution for your own chicken coop would be to build it yourself. Obtaining a good set of chicken coop construction plans is the way to go. There are many chicken coop plans for you to choose from to best suit your situation.

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