I love adding Cow Manna, especially in the winter when their is snow down. No bugs out there for them. Also, and of course, a scrambled egg here and there. I don't throw much manna out, it's pretty good stuff. Only need a small handful a few times a week during the winter. For greens, I do make fodder, and I try spinach. Sometimes a flock likes it, others don't.
What else do you use for green stuff they will eat?
Speaking of fodder, with the snow we are getting, time to start some.
I'm not too far from Deb and we give our birds alfalfa also. Sometimes Teff hay. The ducks dabble in it, the chickens scratch it all over and eat it, and the Guineas and peacocks make it disappear. When the Guineas are laying, I put a flake of alfalfa in their nest box and they make a depression in it to lay their eggs in. It also has good calcium and protein for the birds....
I've found my chickens will eat broccoli, some kale-looking weed I find in the garden often, nettle (in small doses), timothy grass, regular grass, spinach, sprouted mung beans, Queen Anne's Lace greens, carrot greens, onion greens, beet greens, celery leaves, and basically any scraps I send down from the kitchen that aren't citrus or potatoes or tomato greens.
My project for the spring will be to plant mint, sage, tarragon, and thyme in the run area enclosed in a cage so the birds can nibble it without damaging the roots and maybe setting up a small fodder area with microgreens covered with chickenwire.
INCUBATING w/FRIENDS! Helpful NOTES LINKS & Informational POST LINKS
That is now a link to an article with all those post links and outside links in it...... I will add it to the very top of the OP (original 1st post of this thread)
these two are also editors of the article. (Because of my health)
Oh cool beans! One of these days I need to go through those and write out notes, I'm thinking when I begin hatching I'll keep a notebook with hatching 101 notes, notes and photos of aircells, which breeds, etc.
Edited by hippiestink - 11/17/15 at 8:30am