New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

turnips for feed?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thinking of growing some turnips for not only the greens but the turnips themselves as feed for my chooks.

Will hens eat turnips? Will turnips be a good feed for them in addition to the organic layer feed I have available to them?

"Git away frum ma chikun coop, varmits!"
Loving life with DH and our 4 babes, an organic garden, and
11 chooks, all different breeds
Reply
"Git away frum ma chikun coop, varmits!"
Loving life with DH and our 4 babes, an organic garden, and
11 chooks, all different breeds
Reply
post #2 of 9

Here's a link for you...

http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=2593-Treats_Chart

Turnips should be cooked, and they'll probably get tired of them quickly.

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thank you so much! I checked everywhere except the treat chart hmm Thank you for the link!!


Edited by birdy_num_nums - 10/2/09 at 9:44pm
"Git away frum ma chikun coop, varmits!"
Loving life with DH and our 4 babes, an organic garden, and
11 chooks, all different breeds
Reply
"Git away frum ma chikun coop, varmits!"
Loving life with DH and our 4 babes, an organic garden, and
11 chooks, all different breeds
Reply
post #4 of 9

I put a turnip in with my meaties and they wouldn't touch it... Thier only 3 weeks though..

two dd ages 4 and 2, dh who encourges my craziness, 1 german sheperd dog, 13 laying hens, raising meaties as needed, turkerys as needed and would love to raise pigs
Reply
two dd ages 4 and 2, dh who encourges my craziness, 1 german sheperd dog, 13 laying hens, raising meaties as needed, turkerys as needed and would love to raise pigs
Reply
post #5 of 9

This may not be true, but it is what I was told...

My Mom said someone in the family didn't have lots to feed their hogs, so fed them turnips in the winter, and the hog or hogs froze to death!  Turnips are basically water, with little nutritional value for a chicken.  Sorry, but I don't think this will work that well for you.  If you have a place to plant a garden though, next year try planting them some pumpkins!  Acorn, and butternut squash store really well, and I'm sure both the family and the chickens would enjoy those in the middle of the winter.

Barnyard assortment of chickens, and lots of animals! 

My first Mille Fleurs, and golden sebrights ! One lone Silkie hen.

Bottle raising 4 pot belly piglets. 

Loving every minute of it!!   

Reply

Barnyard assortment of chickens, and lots of animals! 

My first Mille Fleurs, and golden sebrights ! One lone Silkie hen.

Bottle raising 4 pot belly piglets. 

Loving every minute of it!!   

Reply
post #6 of 9

Grains or sunflower seeds are just as easy to grow and provide more energy.  Just clear a chunk of yard or garden, throw down seed thickly, water, and wait.  Come fall you have chicken food and it will store longer than vegetables.  For sunflowers you can buy a 50lb bag of seed for cheap this fall to plant next spring and then cut the heads off when they are ready to harvest and store or throw the whole thing in the chicken run as is.  I've also cut large patches of oats or even grass after it's gone to seed from our field and given to the chickens still on the stalks.  Lots of calories to keep chickens warm all winter.

No single food should replace too much of your poultry feed.  Even a mix of foods shouldn't unless you have done plenty of research and come up with a balanced feed to give them everything they need.


Edited by Akane - 10/3/09 at 5:24pm
post #7 of 9

Read Laura Ingalls Wailder's On the Banks of Plum Creek. She writes that her Ma gave the hens and pullets a "turnip to peck at."

White Cedar Farm
Barred Rocks, Wyandottes, Easter Eggers, Cochins, Bantam OEG, Goats: Alpine, Angora, Boer, Boer-crosses, Saanen; 1 Jacob Sheep Ram, 2 dogs: Lab/Husky and Great Dane, 2 Horses: Arab/Saddlebred and Welsh Pony Section A; Daughter, Boyfriend, Stepdaughter & Me 

Reply

White Cedar Farm
Barred Rocks, Wyandottes, Easter Eggers, Cochins, Bantam OEG, Goats: Alpine, Angora, Boer, Boer-crosses, Saanen; 1 Jacob Sheep Ram, 2 dogs: Lab/Husky and Great Dane, 2 Horses: Arab/Saddlebred and Welsh Pony Section A; Daughter, Boyfriend, Stepdaughter & Me 

Reply
post #8 of 9

We plant turnips mustard and collards for winter garden we give chickens at least 1 to 2 buckets a week most is just greens and small roots they love them

two people , 4 dogs, and 29 chickens, on 10 acres in Perry, GA.
Reply
two people , 4 dogs, and 29 chickens, on 10 acres in Perry, GA.
Reply
post #9 of 9

My hens wouldn't touch the turnip greens or the turnips.  Loved the carrot tops and beet tops and tomatoes, squash.


Edited by fasbendera - 10/4/09 at 4:55am
Barred Rocks, White Rock, Cochins, Yellow Japanes bantam, Australorp, Black bantam, Ameraucanas, Cornish X (pullet), Buff Orpington, RR  Silver Laced Wyandottes, Gold Laced Wyandottes, Mille Fleur d'Uccles.  Diversified and Lovely.
Reply
Barred Rocks, White Rock, Cochins, Yellow Japanes bantam, Australorp, Black bantam, Ameraucanas, Cornish X (pullet), Buff Orpington, RR  Silver Laced Wyandottes, Gold Laced Wyandottes, Mille Fleur d'Uccles.  Diversified and Lovely.
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Feeding & Watering Your Flock