Best Chicken Breeds For Foraging & Free Ranging
Chickens as a species are natural-born foragers with an instinct to constantly be on the search for bugs, grass, and other tasty morsels in their surroundings. Regardless of breed, chickens will always be happy to explore and scratch a patch of green grass, freshly dug dirt or a recently turned log. Aside from the natural instinct of all chickens, there are some breeds that are better natural foragers that will thrive in a free-range environment. Thriving in a free-range environment means that these breeds will forage for much of their feed needs, be better at predator evasion, and have superior jumping/flight ability. These breeds are also usually more “flighty” and shyer than other breeds.
Silver Spangled Hamburg is a compact breed that will amaze you with its flight ability and is happy to actively forage all day.
Revered for their evasion of birds of prey, the Ancona has a quick and alert personality and is best-suited to free range.
Appenzeller Spitzhauben are a popular choice for their unique look, but they are also bred to be excellent foragers, climbers, and fliers.
If you want a truly unique addition to your free-range flock, the Egyptian Fayoumi is the perfect choice for hardiness, both in health and all-types of weather.
Consider adding some of these top foraging breeds to your backyard flock for some interesting color patterns and for their self-sufficient capabilities. Let us know in the comments below what your best foraging breed is in your flock.
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