Originally Posted by gjensen
To encourage the discussion to get back on track, what have we grown to be winter feed for the birds?
Here we can have greens growing all year, less an unusual event.
Pumpkins and winter squashes store well. The meat is a good source of vitamins. The seeds, minerals and energy. I think these compliment the greens well. Pumpkins are a dime per
dozen after Halloween.
Sweet Potatoes are a good source of energy and vitamins, and are easy to store. So are potatoes, as long a they are steamed or boiled. Both of these can replace a substantial portion of grain, but they are lower in protein. It does take more protein to balance them
There is variation in the possibilities, but generally it is accepted that the greens etc. be 20-30% of the diet. More or less depending on the rest.
One thing the bagged feeds cannot provide is fresh greens or living plants. The winter squashes and greens would go a long ways towards keeping them sharp and fit through the dark days of winter while saving us a couple dollars. Both add color to the yolks to. Yellow to the legs of yellow legged breeds.
I don't raise anything much here for winter feeding, I don't have a lot of useable ground for much of a garden spot. I do fm have a little space for tomatoes plants in the spring. I had planned on sowing a few turnips but just never got around to doing that this year.
On feeding greens, squash, sweet potatoes, and the likes, my chickens will not touch ant if it unless its been cooked. I've thrown them handfuls at a time if grass that they seen to live and will eat that, but expect ally any greens they Anura their noses up at them. I've cooked them and put them in and they will go to town on it.
I've never tried the turnip in a nail thing. I may try that if I can get a hind if sine cheap turnips this winter.
Thanks for some of the suggestions.Edited by draye - 10/21/15 at 3:52pm