I am interested by your comment about Wandering Dew and getting rid of it by putting my chickens on to it. Do you think it would be okay for them day on/ day off? I am concerned that my wee hens might be harmed but if its safe then I would pursue war against this pest!
No problem with your rabbit comment - I am not a vegetarian and yes I do breed the bunnies for our own table. The fellow pictured, Robbie, is the boy of our breeding pair of Flemish Giants (he weighs in at 6.2 kilos). The breeding pair are tame pets and their offspring are, well, delicious. ;-)
We have hutches for them, with a large part of the back yard fenced off for their run. Obviously from about 10 weeks boys and girls must be let out for runs separately, as affections quickly stop being sibling-ly! Bunnies are actually quite happy in hutches for most of the day (the time they'd be in their burrows in the wild) but really need good long grazing times morning and evening in order to express their natural behaviours.
Happy to chat more about it if you're interested. I've found them to be very rewarding animals to raise - a delight to keep. Not without a fair bit of work though! Unless you've got a large space to graze them in food costs mean that your meat doesn't really end up cheaper than good organic meat in the shops - but you know they've had a great life!