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In a thread of mine, someone mentioned something called 'succulent greens.' I've been curious about what these are, and if native, wild plants in my backyard would be considered succulent greens? I've been looking many of the plant species up and I've learned we've got a mixture of plains and wetlands plants. I live in the Arkansas River Valley of Oklahoma, and our yard stays damp and shady in many spots. When it rains, low spots stay wet for days, if not weeks, at a time.

 

Here are some of the plants I can identify;

 

purple dead nettle/henbit deadnettle,

dandelions,

burr-reeds,

blisterwort,

dewberry,

spring beauties/claytonia,

purple star creepers,

moss,

clovers,

bittercress,

pennywort

 

These are some of the things I can identify through google search, and some of these the chickens don't eat (they dont like dandelions for sure).

In any case, are these succulent greens? If not, what are succulent greens? Is it the plant 'succulent' or things like spinach or kale?

 

Thank you!

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It would be tender things that chickens can easily take a nibble of and won't clog up the crop and gizzard.

 

Older grass doesn't really qualify because it's too fibrous. If you want them to eat grass, you have to keep it mowed close so they can eat the more tender shoots as they mature.

 

Most of those things would be considered tender succulent chicken browse or forage. Henbit, clover, etc..

Chickens here eat up the dandelions. Not the flowers but all the leaves. It's really weird to see dandelion flowers standing around with no leaves at their base.

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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Aaah! I see! Thank you!

Mine really, REALLY love the henbit, purple star creepers, and spring beauties. When I let them out of their coop and run, they go for the flowers first and gobble them up in a row. Mine won't even touch the dandelion leaves, either. Neither the flower or the leaves get eaten? I guess they're going for the more spring-y, soft greens that only grow for a short time! They definitely go for the small blades of grass and occasionally break off longer pieces in chunks to eat... Though when they're not eating flowers they're digging in the wet fallen leaves and looking for worms and crickets. They're brats.

 

I've also got a question about their feed!

I mix these two feeds together,

 

Nutrena NatureWise All Flock

And

RanchPro Egg Ration Pellets

 

Is this a good mixture? They don't really like pellets very much and I generally have to make it soggy and make mash before they'll eat it. Spoiled little poops.

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If mixing 50:50, you're getting 17% protein which is good and about 2.5% calcium. That's also fine as long as you're providing an additional calcium source on the side for those actively laying.

 

It seems they all have different habits. My oldest flock will eat pellets as a last resort opting for the fermented feed first. The next oldest flock prefers pellets and eats the fermented feed as a last resort.

The others free range larger spaces so they're unpredictable.


Edited by ChickenCanoe - 3/9/16 at 4:12am

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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