In pastured poultry productions, chickens are often confined to a roomy bottomless hoop house that is moved to fresh pasture once or twice a day. The theory being that Cornish Crosses (the standard breed of meat birds), are so interested in eating, that they don't have that much interest in ranging very far. To our surprise, the birds went crazy and wandered quite far when given free range (albeit, some went straight to the grain barrel) and we haven't looked back since. While they are not particularly interested in wandering around in the daytime heat, they sure do love their evening grazing of lots of bugs and natural grains.
Spring was certainly a challenge for our garden - 50 days of rain followed by two weeks of 95 degree weather threw us for a bit of a loop - but we recovered and now that summer is settling in, we are taking a long deep exhale, as we get ready to reap the benefits of all of our hard work.