Originally Posted by Beer can
Father in law said he grew them here many yrs ago for his pigs and cows. Said they grew huge.
Henry Field’s Seed Sense for February 1926. In it the author writes, “If you don’t grow mangel beets for anything else, grow them for your chickens. They furnish a very important food element for your laying hens. Your hens will loaf on the job during the winter if they do not have green food of some kind like sprouted oats, cabbage, or beets. Mangels are easy to grow and make enormous yields."
"Laura Ingalls Wilder, of Little House on the Prairie fame, was famous for getting excellent egg production out of her hens in the winter on her farm. She wrote of mangels in her memoirs saying," “Some stock beets should be raised to feed the layers in winter. The hens are fond of them and they act as a relish and appetizer as well as save other feed.”
A very good point and why when we go to the city...we buy cases of human grade romaine lettuce for bird treats during our long winters. there is no real food value, but happiness value by feeding greens or say watermelons to the Mandarins...the HAPPY FACTOR = cackleberries of appreciation...and an egg in the hand in the dead of winter...jest something fab about that...here's a good friends sister and the EGG...
I mean, can you not FEEL THE JOY!!!!
Pros and cons to the mangel, gonna give it a whirl...I may bomb but if it works, kinda neat!
August 31, 2014 - care package for my son...
Nte the romaine is decent size since we start up around abouts June, some years like 2014 twas middle of June
I recall my grandfather on my Father's side thought nothing more of the turnip as PIG FODDER....and heard of some growing fields of both beets and turnips to feed sheep...the sheep eat the greens first, then start biting down on the tubor parts...not sure how good that is for their teeth but yeh.
Sep 7 2014
I truly have no shortage of greens at the end of the veg garden seasons....it is a race to get it put by and even just put outta snow's way in the fall. Romaine does not last...none of the true lettuce type greens do.
Gettin' her in before it goes from GREEN to WHITE...like overnight some years
Mangels might be kinda kewl to try.
I know when I make stews...the geese know...oh boy do they KNOW...turnip peelings, celery, (no onions), carrots, cauliflower, broccoli...the hard veg cut to smaller bits...the geese luv crunching them up.
May 24, 2013 - gosling goodies...romaine chopped, center is waterfowl starter mixed with natural yoghurt, waterfowl starter
A packet of seed and a space in the garden, the mangels warrant giving it a go. And of course, each season is different...might go great, but fail too...year to year, that's the challenge and until we plant it ourselves for several seasons, we just won't know.
Doggone & Chicken UP!
Tara Lee Higgins
Higgins Rat Ranch Conservation Farm, Alberta, Canada