As I mentioned in The Illusion of Nutrient-Dense Food, pastured animals should be on, well, pasture and not a bare patch of ground. During the winter this is not always possible; however with the warmth of spring and summer, there really isn’t a good excuse.
And with that warmth, many of my early season crops like lettuce, spinach and arugula have rebelled and are attempting to “bolt” or go to seed. This makes the greens very bitter, but to a chicken they are divine. So rather than waste this good green forage, I have recently moved my portable chicken netting to encompass the greens.
I am also trying some experiments with black soldier flies (BSF) as supplemental food for the chickens. BSF larvae are insatiable eaters and will consume/convert large quantities of organic material into wiggly protein that chickens love. Here is a short time-lapse video of what BSF larva can do to a hamburger in only 5 hours.