With the advent of Spring, many organic & small flock farms are looking to release their birds outside. Be aware that while your birds may be hungry, the plants may not be ready to grow to sustain them. This in turn will then create bare spots on your range. Allow your range areas to "spruce up" and grow to about 4" or longer prior to release. This will allow a healthy root to sustain grazing by most classes of poultry. Practice good range rotation when grazing to allow the grass a chance to catch up. Move on range conditions rather than time for optimal results. Also maintain feeders as a backup to slower growing spring fields.
For the most part, dealing with shorter days isn't much of a problem with windowless housing. But, for those who have open sided housing or open range short days means a break in production. Be sure that floor layers in curtain sided housing have adequate supplemental lights to keep the flock in production in lower duration days. Light meters wired into the lighting system could help provide light when the house gets too dark for stimulation. Be sure to check light bulbs and replace as soon as possible. (photo credit: www.gelighting.com)