A grazing garden for the chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by swimmom, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. swimmom

    swimmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking about planting a garden patch just for the chickens this spring - a place where I won't care if they eat the plants (my veggie patch will be in a safe chicken proof place!) Any suggestions from previous experience about what your chickens ate (or stole) out of your gardens?
     
  2. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

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    They LOVED my Swiss Chard-we just let them have it. I intend to plant them some more this year.
     
  3. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine loved peas (ate the plants and left the peas for me!) and Kale, plus the Swiss Chard mentioned above.
     
  4. swimmom

    swimmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, swiss chard was definitely one plant on my list - I had a wonderful container of ornamental chard on my patio - now I have a container of potting soil!
     
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  5. SallyF

    SallyF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine went nuts for cabbage plants...totally demolished a whole row of cabbage.
     
  6. KKatknap

    KKatknap Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is so great! I wanted to do that, too!! [​IMG]
     
  7. biddyboo

    biddyboo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Swiss chard: top favorite. Runners up: spinach, broccoli leaves (NOT the heads), romaine lettuce, fallen tomatoes, cabbage, turnip tops I wonder if their little chicken brains would comprehend "our garden--hens" as opposed to "Her garden--mine"? ~G
     
  8. nanawendy

    nanawendy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine love any thing dark green but cilantro. I love that they don't complain about veggies... like the "other kids " did. [​IMG]
     
  9. alpinefarm

    alpinefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Garlic greenery/tops are a *big* favorite around here! The hens swoon!
     
  10. wildorchid053

    wildorchid053 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we planted a hill of purple clover for erosion control and i cannot keep them from eating it.. it is their most favorite thing.. just don't plant the white kind..
     

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