Free Range Meat Chickens
I have been looking into the possibility of utilizing my 40 acre farm (midwest) that is 30 minutes from where I live to raise free range meat birds (just for my family) in the summer months. I am looking for advise on wether or not this will be possible since I will not live on the property.
If I decided to do this, I will be providing housing, water and fencing to keep predators out (but not limit the birds). I will only be raising the birds until they reach fryer size and will be checking on them once a week. I would be raising the chicks in my garage in the city until they can be out on their own. The area that would be fenced off would be large to ensure enough foraging for each bird. If the area is large enough with ample water supply is it feasible to think that a once a week visit could ensure a high success rate and not risk undue harm to the birds? Looking at utilizing a heavy breed instead of a cross meat bird. Thanks.