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Can we feed our chickens Broccoli.....

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We have cut the heads off of our broccoli plants and were wondering if we could feed the stalks to our chickens. Don't want to give them anything that is going to make them sick. Thanks

DH and I often look out of our kitchen window and try to remember what we did before we got our girls and boy... When I want to laugh I just walk outside with a bowl or bag of treats... 25 of the sweetest chickens in the world come running... We also have 5 rescue kitties that we love dearly...
RIP- Miss Maisy and Miss Daisy
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DH and I often look out of our kitchen window and try to remember what we did before we got our girls and boy... When I want to laugh I just walk outside with a bowl or bag of treats... 25 of the sweetest chickens in the world come running... We also have 5 rescue kitties that we love dearly...
RIP- Miss Maisy and Miss Daisy
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Yes, in moderation. Raw broccoli (and other brassicas) apparently have mild doses of low-grade toxins. A lot of plants do, it's usually not a big concern. Probably the birds will pick a little and then ignore it. They won't be able to eat much of it anyway, due to the firm nature of the stem.

On the other hand my chickens managed to break into several growing pumpkins... They hollowed them out completely. smile

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http://www.permachicken.com Permaculture chicken blog: raising chickens with fewer industrial inputs.

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Thank you so much.

DH and I often look out of our kitchen window and try to remember what we did before we got our girls and boy... When I want to laugh I just walk outside with a bowl or bag of treats... 25 of the sweetest chickens in the world come running... We also have 5 rescue kitties that we love dearly...
RIP- Miss Maisy and Miss Daisy
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DH and I often look out of our kitchen window and try to remember what we did before we got our girls and boy... When I want to laugh I just walk outside with a bowl or bag of treats... 25 of the sweetest chickens in the world come running... We also have 5 rescue kitties that we love dearly...
RIP- Miss Maisy and Miss Daisy
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I grew  lot of broccoli this past winter & when complete, I hung the entire plant in the run for the girls. They really loved it.

Full broccoli plant:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v259/jomoncon/Posted/Chickens-2011-02-20-003.jpg


Girls enjoying themselves:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v259/jomoncon/Posted/Chickens-2011-02-20-010.jpg



Final results:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v259/jomoncon/Posted/Chickens-2011-02-21-015.jpg

Jo-Ann
 

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Jo, thank you so much. Your girls are absolutely gorgeous and your Broccoli plants aren't bad either.big_smile

DH and I often look out of our kitchen window and try to remember what we did before we got our girls and boy... When I want to laugh I just walk outside with a bowl or bag of treats... 25 of the sweetest chickens in the world come running... We also have 5 rescue kitties that we love dearly...
RIP- Miss Maisy and Miss Daisy
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DH and I often look out of our kitchen window and try to remember what we did before we got our girls and boy... When I want to laugh I just walk outside with a bowl or bag of treats... 25 of the sweetest chickens in the world come running... We also have 5 rescue kitties that we love dearly...
RIP- Miss Maisy and Miss Daisy
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post #6 of 11

My girls really enjoyed my winter garden - broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages.  The broccoli did really well this year, and only stopped producing side shoots when the weather started turning warm.

They also ate quite a bit of mustard & collard greens. Now, it's just too hot to grow any greens, so occasionally I'll buy a bunch of mustard greens tie all the stalks together & hang them also. For some reason, they seem to like their veggies hanging up!

With my summer veggies, they've been attacking the soybean plants that I grow for edamame, so I sometimes pull off a few leaves to feed them. They enjoy the cantaloupes that really didn't turn out good enough for us to eat. And any unused tomatoes - but only if they're ripe. The garden is a great place for chicken feed!


Edited by jomoncon - 6/18/11 at 4:21am

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Originally Posted by jomoncon 

I grew  lot of broccoli this past winter & when complete, I hung the entire plant in the run for the girls. They really loved it.

Full broccoli plant:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v259/jomoncon/Posted/Chickens-2011-02-20-003.jpg


Girls enjoying themselves:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v259/jomoncon/Posted/Chickens-2011-02-20-010.jpg



Final results:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v259/jomoncon/Posted/Chickens-2011-02-21-015.jpg


Not to take this off subject, but, what breed are your girls, jomoncon?  I have two that look just like them and I'm not sure what they are.  They are beautiful, by the way!  cool

An awesome husband, two wonderful kids, a loving dog, 1 RIR roo, 4 BSL roos, 1 RIR pullet, 1 NHR pullet,  3 Barred Rock pullets and 10 GSL pullets in the coop, 7 fuzzy butts in the brooder and a wonderful Savior guiding and directing it all:  what could be better than that? 
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An awesome husband, two wonderful kids, a loving dog, 1 RIR roo, 4 BSL roos, 1 RIR pullet, 1 NHR pullet,  3 Barred Rock pullets and 10 GSL pullets in the coop, 7 fuzzy butts in the brooder and a wonderful Savior guiding and directing it all:  what could be better than that? 
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post #8 of 11

Those look like Rhode Island Red pullets you have there....beautiful! I have a couple of reds too. Mine love broccoli! I cut up the stem and all into small pieces and they eat every bit! They like cawliflower and baby carrots too!

1 wonderful husband, 6 laying hens (3 EEs and 3 Barred Rocks), 2 sassy cats and 1 salt water reef tank including 2 nemos!

 

The Egg - “A box without hinges, key, or lid. Yet golden treasure inside is hid.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
 

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1 wonderful husband, 6 laying hens (3 EEs and 3 Barred Rocks), 2 sassy cats and 1 salt water reef tank including 2 nemos!

 

The Egg - “A box without hinges, key, or lid. Yet golden treasure inside is hid.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
 

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My girls are all Rhode Island Reds - about 35 weeks old. They've been laying since they were 20 weeks old & I'm getting 6-8 eggs per days from 8 of them.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v259/jomoncon/Posted/Chickens-2011_04_02-007.jpg

Jo-Ann
 

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Another good to know... :-)

Got my first chicks in March, 2011; 4 easter eggers hens (Morticia, Natasha, Samantha & Lily);  We also have a boxer mix rescue dog (Bruno), two cats (Betty Lou & Fred) and quite a few fish (commonly referred to as 'the fish sticks').

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Got my first chicks in March, 2011; 4 easter eggers hens (Morticia, Natasha, Samantha & Lily);  We also have a boxer mix rescue dog (Bruno), two cats (Betty Lou & Fred) and quite a few fish (commonly referred to as 'the fish sticks').

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