For the 2016 season, we have a small, mixed flock of ~100 hens (with their two rooster companions) and an odd pair of ducks. Everyone is fed Certified Organic grain that is grown, mixed and milled just down the way in Rosebush, by Graham's Organics family farm. They also get lots of veggie scraps from the fields as well as free choice Organic kelp, grit and oyster shells. All of the chickens and ducks spend the fair months of the year outside, on pasture. The girls are rotated once a week around the fields to new, fresh ground, while enclosed in a mobile, electric fence - keeping them safe from predators. Moving them around once a week ensures they have fresh forage and bugs to pursue while distributing their manure and scratching tendencies.
In the winter months, the ladies are relocated to the barn.. They spend their nights shut in the coop, safe from predators - and are let out in the morning to spend their days scratching in the barn and around the barn yard.