My chickens are gras fed on approximately 3 acres of lawn. They basically eat as much grass as they want. They are free range, grass fed, and they are happy! There are several reasons why I decided to have chickens, and the most important one is because we wanted to have fresh eggs. Soon after we got them, we realized they were doing several great things. The most important one, is that we stopped seeing ticks and almost no mosquitoes for the entire season!
How to get started with your backyard chickens
I built a chicken coop several years ago after getting some chicks, that I brought to my local Montessori school, for the kids to learn how eggs hatched. When the chicks grew older I decided to keep them. At some point I had 15 of them, but predators got a few of them and I am now down to 9. We are getting an average of 5 eggs every day. I decided to build a better fence to protect the remaining girls from being eaten.
Here is a quick video showing how I did the fence, which by the way is a movable fence. Really easy to do, and it can be used as a garden fence as well.
I followed this link, where I was able to find all the necessary materials and information about how to build those panels. It only took me around 2o minutes to build each section. It cost me around $150 for 4 sections of fence, which is not bad considering those panels will last for a long time.
Here is a quick video I made so you can see how everything looks like after using the fence for almost 3 whole seasons:
This year, maybe consider getting some chickens for your back yard. They will eat all those annoying bugs eating your plants. They will fertilize your grass, and give you fresh eggs every day!