Pigs and chickens - our #1
combo, and I'm not just talking about our bacon and eggs! 🥓 🥚
We're always looking for ways to increase the quality of our animals' health. Sometimes that means combining systems for the benefit of the livestock -- like with our chickens and pigs. They both benefit each other and this arrangement saves us a lot of time, money, and the headache of trying to keep them separate, too. 🥚
The pigs get cleaner pastures, less pests, and the occasional eggs if they're laid on the ground. In return the chickens get whatever extra food the pig don't eat, and most importantly protection from predators. We don't have wild/feral pigs out here, so the local carnivores get pretty freaked out when they come across our pigs. Our predator problems go away as soon as we put some pigs around the chicken coops. 🥚
This arrangement also benefits them in the future. The pigs and chickens working together means more black gold (aka, poop) to fertilize the ground, and the chickens speed up that process by spreading it. The chickens eat the bugs and fly larvae, efficiently helping to break pest cycles which benefits the pigs out tremendously. After the pigs are done mowing the grass down they start to till up the ground (if we leave them there long enough to) to get at roots and grubs. Once we're satisfied with the state of the paddock, we move them to the next one and they repeat the process. Then after the area has fully recovered and grown back it'll be even better and greener than before. .