Keeping free-range birds presents management challenges that simply don’t exist with barn- or cage-reared poultry.

The weather, range, environment – not to mention the increased need to manage disease and worms. Here, Poultry World provides some pointers.

Tips on starting out in free-range egg production

Management

Getting it right at hen depletion

Simple solutions to feather pecking problems

Overcoming aggression in layers

Planning for pullets can’t start early enough

New benchmarking tool for flock cover

Housing

Trialling a new type of multi-tier laying unit

Getting the best from multi-tier

Efficiency gains from multi-tier

Environment

Hen nutrition in cold weather

Range management

Planting trees for better ranging

Dealing with pests

New strategies for dealing with red mites

Out-foxing the fox

Nutrition

Split feeding proves perfect formula for eggs