Outdoors on pasture, with fresh air, sunshine and grass
Hi. I’m a chicken.
I live with my siblings outside on pasture. I don’t like rain and wind so it’s great to be outside but still have a shelter. I don’t need to fear dogs, cats, foxes, magpies, crows and buzzards, as our pen keeps me safe.
And it moves every day – Radka puts wheels on the structure at one end and pulls it slowly on the other end to a fresh patch of grass every day. It’s my most favourite time!
I love dandelions, chicory leaves, and young grass shoots.
My early life
When we were babies just out of an egg, we lived in a brooder in an outbuilding. Since we don’t have a mother hen, Radka became ours. She made sure we were warm, dry and happy. When it was warm outside, she would take us out on grass. We had so much fun learning about which greens are delicious and which ones are not so. And if I caught a flying insect, those were the happiest moments. And dozing in the sunshine of course!
Even on a cold rainy day, we would enjoy our greens – Radka would bring them finely chopped so they fitted in our tiny beaks. We would get so excited about them! We would get the best piece and run away with it so no one could take it off us. It worked sometimes…
I’m glad that I live here. I heard that the rest of my siblings went to live in huge barns with thousands of other babies. They see no sunshine but only lights that would always shine – for 23 hrs a day! Apparently, that’s so the babies can eat more and grow faster.
Freshly out of an egg, I arrived to the brooder that kept me happy and warm. I enjoyed grass and dandelions that Radka gave us every day.
But soon, even when not fully feathered, Radka took us to enjoy the outdoors. I saw and heard the world, so many new experiences!
I loved searching for interesting things in the grass and soil.
Once we grew enough feathers to keep us warm, we went to live permanently outside. We were 3 weeks old and grown a bit wiser since our early youth.
I’m agile and like to perch. As soon as Radka would come in to fill up our feeder, I would fly up onto her knee and enjoy her company. Radka has given us a nice big branch where we can fly up and perch. I like to see the world from above and it’s nice to exercise my wings too.
Radka brings us all sorts of goodies like whole sprouted grains, that we all love. Or more chicory leaves that we all fight for.
Up on a perch, I can see the world from above and feel safe.
We eat only natural feed, free from additives, GMO, drugs and synthetic anything.
And I like a good snooze with the comfort of my friends.
And we eat...
We love grain and seeds. Radka is very picky about what feed she gives us. She gives us one that is natural and soya-free.
Most chicken feeds contain GM soya and maize, drugs (coccidiostats, against a common chicken parasite), growth promoters and synthetic amino acids (building blocks of protein).
Instead, we get a mix of field beans, linseed, wheat, peas, maize, seaweed, yeast and minerals.
On top of our regular feed, Radka gives us garlic and seaweed to keep our immune system healthy. And she treats us to whole sprouted grains every day.