balanced diet

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by gal_amy, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. gal_amy

    gal_amy Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm getting 15 baby chicks tomorrow. Not the first time, but I really don't want to spend three times the money on organic.

    Our coop is nice size with a large yard. We won't be able to have them run free range.

    I am thinking about the start & grow, then the flock raiser with oyster shell.

    But what I really desire is the deep yellow yolks they get from outside ranging.

    What about kelp, alfalfa. any other suggestions.

    thanks so much

    Amy
     
  2. GarlicEater

    GarlicEater Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Grow collard greens, and comfrey, and give them those. Both are plants that are ultra-productive and frankly kinda hard to kill.

    Just my 2c, what I do right now, I'm kinda new at this but the chickens sure like these plants.
     
  3. gal_amy

    gal_amy Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I wonder how hard it would be to sprout wheat? and at what age could I give it to them?

    I am really interested in the yellow yolks that free range chicks produce
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  4. neVar

    neVar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sprouting is SUPER easy i sprout for my parrot takes like secons a day

    sprouted seeds/lentils have more nutriotion right when sprouted then with out. ifyou google there's lots of directions but mostly keep moist- rinse daily a bit of ACV or grape seed oil can help combat ickies if your ding big batches
     
  5. elsiehammer

    elsiehammer New Egg

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    When I think of it I put hot water in alfalfa pellets and by the time I walk around the corner (quite a walk, different property) the pellets are soft. In their hard state they are much too big for the hens. I think of it as a cold weather spring tonic. I am hoping that there are plenty of pasture like nutrients in these mushy greens [​IMG]
     

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