Poultry at the Kerr Center (2009 – 2012)

2009-2010: Chicken Tractor

  • Housed 6-8 birds year-round
  • Easily moved with an ATV
  • Generally moved one or two times per week
  • Placed over beds or rows to fertilize/weed/till garden before planting


2011-2012: Pastured Poultry

  • Raised 40 chicks in trailers
    “Home base” decreased roaming
  • Put chicks on pasture as early as possible
    Acclimate to weather before summer
  • Placed wire panels on either side of ramp leading to trailer door to herd birds into trailer
  • Moved trailers frequently to limit roaming, predation
  • Electronet fencing

Heritage Chicken Breeds

rhode island reds
Rhode Island Reds

This is one of the most famous and all time popular breeds of truly American chickens. Developed in the early part of this century in the state of the same name, they have maintained their reputation as a dual-purpose fowl through the years. Outstanding for production qualities, they have led the contests for brown egg layers time after time. No other heavy breed lays more or better eggs than the Rhode Island Reds. Baby chicks are a rusty red color and the mature birds are a variety of mahogany red.

Poultry Publications

The Cattle and Chickens

This intern presentation presents the results of a summer project that investigated multi-species rotational grazing with cattle and pastured laying hens.

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