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Best plants for "chicken garden"?

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My chicks are only a few days old, but I want to start seeds for a "chicken garden" so they'll have something ready in a month or two. I used to grow lettuce on my porch in those long red plastic planters (about 3' long and not quite a foot wide), but I built myself a lettuce cart on wheels, so those planters are excess now. I thought I'd grow some plants to put in the run, both to attract bugs and for the chickens to eat. What would be the best things for chickens? Parsley? Marigolds? Once they are laying eggs, will various herbs and plants lead to an actual flavor in eggs, however faint?

Or will the 6 of them just devour the greenery so fast that it's pointless?

"I figured the cost of the coop plus chickens plus feed. If we get four eggs a day from six chickens, they will cost us $85 each. And they'll be worth every dime." William H. Macy.

Although we're now at 3 - count 'em, THREE! - eggs, so our cost-per-egg is more like $275 per egg. That will change once we have all 5 chickens laying, not just one.
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"I figured the cost of the coop plus chickens plus feed. If we get four eggs a day from six chickens, they will cost us $85 each. And they'll be worth every dime." William H. Macy.

Although we're now at 3 - count 'em, THREE! - eggs, so our cost-per-egg is more like $275 per egg. That will change once we have all 5 chickens laying, not just one.
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I found these on a blog:  miner's lettuce, savoy cabbage, sugar loaf and siberian dwarf kale...good luck with your chicken garden!

I will enter Your gates with thanksgiving in my heart; I will enter Your courts with praise...Psalm 100:4

Chickens: W/BW Ameraucanas, Buckeyes and EEs

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I will enter Your gates with thanksgiving in my heart; I will enter Your courts with praise...Psalm 100:4

Chickens: W/BW Ameraucanas, Buckeyes and EEs

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post #3 of 7

Dark green leafy vegetables.  What ever grows best in your area.

Clover.

Young tender grass.

.....Alan.

Chance favors the prepared mind.
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Chance favors the prepared mind.
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post #4 of 7

also, Sandhill Preservation has a "brooder mix" in spring and Fall variety that has various seeds for the chooks in the mix....I did the Spring version for my girls last year and they loved it.  You can order it online from them too.

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Member of SDWD  RIP My Precious Thor 9/7/09 - 7/14/10 

RIP to the Love of Speckledhen's Life, Zane 2007 - 2012
Life shouldn't be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty, well-preserved body. but rather, to skid in sideways, totally worn out and exhausted while shouting loudly "WOW! What a ride!"

For Sale: http://ladyhawksmenagerie.webs.com/forsale.htm
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post #5 of 7

Greens of any kind, mustard, turnip, lettuces of any kind.  They love them all.   Gloria Jean

  Love 1 hb,,  my children, many grands, one spoiled rotten cat,  mtns, chicks, crochet, lots of friends. My hens and a few sweet roos      NPIP 55928
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  Love 1 hb,,  my children, many grands, one spoiled rotten cat,  mtns, chicks, crochet, lots of friends. My hens and a few sweet roos      NPIP 55928
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post #6 of 7

Sunflowers! During the growing season you'll have big beautiful flowers in your garden, then as the season ends and the head start to droop you'll have so much fun watching your girls jump up trying to get the seeds! L0L My girls loved 'em. Most of the time the BOSS that you buy from your local feed store can be directly sowed into the ground and will grow.

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If you should happen to be planning on a permanent garden spot, you might consider alfalfa.  Grow it till it's ready to cut for hay, then cut some and dry it just as if you were going to feed it to cows.  Put that aside for a winter treat for your girls.

Then put up a temporary pen around the future garden spot where you just cut the alfalfa.  Let the chickens eat alfalfa, scratch for bugs and weeds, and generally tear up the ground. 

The combination of alfalfa, poop, and scratched up dirt will be ready for whatever you want to plant there. 

I love chickens in my garden!!! big_smile

STILL building a tractor, window shopping for chickens even though I'm already "overrun with chickens (not yet!!), STILL lurking around BYC and running my mouth, can't wait can't wait can't wait
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STILL building a tractor, window shopping for chickens even though I'm already "overrun with chickens (not yet!!), STILL lurking around BYC and running my mouth, can't wait can't wait can't wait
big fan of Heifer International!!!!!  go to www.heifer.org for more information
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