You might have guessed that a farm named "Friendly Pastures" would include grass as the base of our success! One of our primary principles on this farm is to maintain a healthy balance between our animals and the grasses that they spend their life on. All of our animals - foul, hogs, rabbits, goats, etc. - enjoy fresh pasture daily. They are either in a tractor of some form or another and moved around each day. Or they take part in our pasture rotation schedule.
The most important part of the equation when it comes to pasture though is rest! All of our pasture enjoys a rest of 20-30 days from a specific type of animal. This helps us break the pest cycle and keeps our critters healthy and happy without needing heavy antibiotics like many of todays farming operations.
Tractoring animalsThe two animals that we use tractors for the most are our chickens and rabbits.
The chickens live in a 12' x 12' x 2' enclosure and are moved at least once a day to new grass and bugs. This housing keeps the chicken nice and safe from various evil critters. It also keeps them warm and dry when mother nature would rather they not be. This style of housing creates very healthy birds.
The rabbits live in 8' x 4' x 2' enclosures. They have all the same luxuries as the chickens do. However added precautions must be taken since rabbits love to dig. Unlike the chickens, when a rabbit gets out, it is very hard to re-capture it! For this reason the rabbit tractor has to have additional wire to keep the floor enclosed too.