Can we feed our chickens Broccoli.....

RoosterRidge

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8 Years
Jun 14, 2011
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Dry Fork, Va.
We have cut the heads off of our broccoli plants and were wondering if we could feed the stalks to our chickens. Don't want to give them anything that is going to make them sick. Thanks
 

Erica

Songster
9 Years
Dec 5, 2010
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Yes, in moderation. Raw broccoli (and other brassicas) apparently have mild doses of low-grade toxins. A lot of plants do, it's usually not a big concern. Probably the birds will pick a little and then ignore it. They won't be able to eat much of it anyway, due to the firm nature of the stem.

On the other hand my chickens managed to break into several growing pumpkins... They hollowed them out completely.
 

jomoncon

Songster
9 Years
Sep 24, 2010
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New Orleans, LA
I grew lot of broccoli this past winter & when complete, I hung the entire plant in the run for the girls. They really loved it.

Full broccoli plant:



Girls enjoying themselves:




Final results:
 

jomoncon

Songster
9 Years
Sep 24, 2010
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New Orleans, LA
My girls really enjoyed my winter garden - broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages. The broccoli did really well this year, and only stopped producing side shoots when the weather started turning warm.

They also ate quite a bit of mustard & collard greens. Now, it's just too hot to grow any greens, so occasionally I'll buy a bunch of mustard greens tie all the stalks together & hang them also. For some reason, they seem to like their veggies hanging up!

With my summer veggies, they've been attacking the soybean plants that I grow for edamame, so I sometimes pull off a few leaves to feed them. They enjoy the cantaloupes that really didn't turn out good enough for us to eat. And any unused tomatoes - but only if they're ripe. The garden is a great place for chicken feed!
 
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begbfg

Barnyard Beckie
8 Years
Feb 11, 2011
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Roxboro, NC
Quote:Not to take this off subject, but, what breed are your girls, jomoncon? I have two that look just like them and I'm not sure what they are. They are beautiful, by the way!
 

chickenlickin8

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11 Years
Jun 26, 2008
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Valrico, Florida
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Those look like Rhode Island Red pullets you have there....beautiful! I have a couple of reds too. Mine love broccoli! I cut up the stem and all into small pieces and they eat every bit! They like cawliflower and baby carrots too!
 

jomoncon

Songster
9 Years
Sep 24, 2010
661
26
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New Orleans, LA
My girls are all Rhode Island Reds - about 35 weeks old. They've been laying since they were 20 weeks old & I'm getting 6-8 eggs per days from 8 of them.

 

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