With all the birds combinde (chickens, geese, peafowl,ducks, guineas, turkeys, etc) we have about 100.
Most are chickens, plus half a dozen ducks a quartet of geese, a trio or peafowl and a pair of turkeys plus a handful of guineas.
If I planted 1-2 acres, what would we have to plant and when? How much of each? We have a sandy loam soil with lots of nutrients and rain (East Texas)
During the winter months, what should we plant to continue to have food?
I want to cut back the costs of storebought feed (11$ per 50 lb layer pellet). A bag seems to last 1.5 days.
What's the best way to do this?
Also, what are the dangers of doing this? I know in Texas, we have a problem in horse feed grown around here with a beetle that kills horses. Are there any dangers with doing this for chickens?
We have 100+ acres, and we live on about 2.5 acres, we can expand as needed. Before we build the house we will be here. We just planted some more grass for the lawn, we are prepping the garden, but what about chicken food?
I know Kale and Watercress are good for nutrients, black sunflower seeds for good oils. Can we grow all of this? But what should be the bulk of the diet?