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Buckwheat

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by 7 Biddies, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. 7 Biddies

    7 Biddies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was just reading that buckwheat is a good winter cover crop for your garden. How is it for feeding to chickens? If it's good for them, I thought I could kill 2 bir ... um, get double duty out of planting it.
     
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  3. JNB

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    Well Im not sure about if its good for the chooks or not.. But they do seem to like it.. My FIL.... has a 5 acre "personal" garden plot :) He plants Buckwheat every year after he cleans it out. We live in WA State. So he plants it in mid to late September and lets it sit all fall and winter.. Then he tills it in in the spring... In the meantime the Chooks are allowed to Freerange in the Garden area and love to gobble abound the buckwheat. The benefits he list that he gets are.

    1. The root system of the BW is such that it helps areate the ground.
    2. It slows and prevents other weeds from taking hold.. he says it "chokes them out"
    3. It adds Nitrate to the soil when tilled in.

    Drawback is that it does reseed it self to some extent so it often will come back during the growing season... It is easy to pull out :)
     
  4. Island Roo

    Island Roo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I saw a poultry pasture seed mix online that contains buckwheat - so they must think its ok...

    I cleared some bush and I'm about to throw some seed down - buckwheat, white clover, crimson clover, winter rye, low maintenance grass mix (sold as goat pasture) and some peas seeds that are still on plants in the garden.

    I've never tried this before so hopefully it will be a low maintenance mix of perennials and self-seeding annuals that will work for the chickens. [​IMG] It's on a slope with a few big trees so mowing is not possible.

    I didn't intend to hijack your thread about buckwheat but once I started typing it all came out.
     
  5. Island Roo

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  6. 7 Biddies

    7 Biddies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all the interesting information on buckwheat. As Dr. Frankenstein said, "It sounded like a good idea at the time". But, back to the drawing board in my search for something to plant for the winter.
     
  7. Island Roo

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    I've got winter rye in the garden. Sprouts fast, deep roots, winter hardy, cheap seed, hens love it.

    I know rye grains are not the greatest for chickens but not sure about the greens. My hens seem to do ok with it.
     
  8. 7 Biddies

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    How about winter wheat?
     
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