Build well, repair little.

The regenerative poultry system operates on the basis of production units. One regenerative poultry production unit occupies 1.5 acres and consists of one coop and two fenced-in paddocks planted with trees and woody perennials. The chickens roost in the coop and alternate grazing between the two paddocks. When one paddock has been cleared of its available forage, the farmer lets the chickens in the second paddock while it regenerates. Each production unit can accommodate flocks of 1,500 chickens, for a total of 4,500 broilers per growing season. Regenerative poultry farms may contain anywhere from one to eight production units.

Farmers might choose to outfit an existing building or build the coop from the ground up. Strategically planting the paddocks with native tree species, hazelnuts, and elderberries is encouraged, but not required. Farmers often fence in their paddocks around trees already on the land, or plant tall annuals like corn and sunflowers to provide the necessary cover while the perennial plantings develop.

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