Are there any winter crops that can be started now for chickens (in Northern California)

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by One Chick Two, Nov 5, 2015.

  1. One Chick Two

    One Chick Two Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just curious if there are are any good winter crops that can be started now for chickens (in Northern California)?
     
  2. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Idk.. maybe others will. . I've never grew for chickens. .just gave them my garden scraps..
    I have heard of seed sprouting in plats for chickens.. I suspect that can grown all year.. may need some kind of greenhouse . All alot people swear by fermenting feed too.. have you tried searching for the answer on byc
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Winter peas, radish, 7top or other forage type turnip, alfalfa, oats, barley, wheat.
     
  4. One Chick Two

    One Chick Two Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great! Thank you!
     
  5. sumi

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    Kale is fairly tough and depending on your winter temperatures, broccoli (feed the leaves), cauliflowers (feed the leaves), cabbage can be grown in the colder months.
     
  6. One Chick Two

    One Chick Two Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!

    I've had some luck with Kale in a very protected area. We have Sacramento summers- hot/ dry, low humidity, little rain (drought for 10 years.). But, in winter we get down into the 20's, frost every morning, and some years snow for a day or so. Last year, the Kale, broccoli, and cauliflowers froze completely out.
     
  7. sumi

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    When I lived in South Africa we grew the above during winter, along with peas and broad beans. Those were our "winter veg". Snow though… whee… that puts a different spin on things. You should ask in our sister forum, TheEasyGarden.com, and see what the members over there suggest for growing as well as cold protection for the extremes.
     
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