Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ThornyRidge, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. ThornyRidge

    ThornyRidge Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2008
    I was in the grocery the other day and found a nice bag of broccoli (fresh/uncooked) in the produce section marked down.. it is a package designed to steam in the microwave for a minute or so.. I personally am not fond of this vegetable but was thinking about giving it to my chickens as a special winter treat. Has anyone fed broccoli.. and if so should I steam this first or ok to just take out of the bag and throw in pen/coop. These are smaller type pieces not a large head of broccoli.. seems like the small clumps broken off a head. [​IMG]
  2. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    I have done both....they peck a little at uncooked but seen to like steamed cut up broccoli with rice or a little oatmeal so much better (don't ask.... they are just slightly spoiled...). They also like their squash and pumpkin cut in half and's just not as good when I just cut it in half and toss it in the run..... Needless to say, whatever they snatch themselves out of the vegetable garden is devoured without question!
  3. LizzyJo

    LizzyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
    Aptos CA
    Go for it. I wonder though if it would make the eggs taste funny.

    (Two cannibals were eating a clown.One said to the other, "Does this taste funny?")

  4. RedfogsFlock

    RedfogsFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2010
    Wittmann, AZ
    We have done both also. Our girls seem to like the steamed better too. Maybe because they can eat it better than the hard uncooked bits.?[​IMG]
  5. Darlasmum

    Darlasmum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2009
    La Crescenta, CA
    Mine like brocolli- esp easy to eat if held for them or put in a wire suet box.
  6. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    I feed them both cooked and raw...
    but since its winter time...anything i bring out to them is warmed up...
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2010
  7. RuffledFeathers

    RuffledFeathers Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 30, 2009
    Issaquah, WA
    My spoiled hens get 1 large head of raw broccoli nearly every day. They will spend the day picking off chunks of the florets first and by the end of the day, the entire stem is GONE. Never any leftovers, never cooked, easy green treat with so many WONDERFUL nutrients. Just toss into the run!
  8. biddyboo

    biddyboo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
    Ashland, Missouri
    What our hens liked best this fall was the leaf debris left in the garden after the heads of broccoli were harvested. They free range and would head for the stand of Swiss Chard I left for them, the last stems of spinach, and the huge green broccoli leaves. I had nothing left in my "greens" garden to throw on the compost pile. Ours have been disinterested in the broccoli heads, so taking a hint from this thread, I'll try steaming some and offering that--especially on some of our frosty winter mornings. ~G
  9. peachlover

    peachlover Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 4, 2009
    Funny subject to me. One year I planted about sixty broccoli plants to feed my chickens and turkeys. They hated it, would not even peck at it twice. Sixty plants is a ton of broccoli. Do not let my experience stop you, experiment and have fun. I am sure it is packed with great nutrients.
  10. featherbaby

    featherbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL 32210
    Quote:The broccoli LEAVES are much more nutritious than the you are doing them a big favor.

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