Chicken Garden? Anyone have experience?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by farmguy2007, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. farmguy2007

    farmguy2007 Out Of The Brooder

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    Was hoping this spring to start a nice sized garden just for the chickens to rumage through..lol I was wondering if anyone has experience with this.. Im in Indy so im a zone 5b would like to have some stuff that would come back but not a must anyone have suggestions or ideas??
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Millet is fun.

    They adore clover too.
     
  3. farmguy2007

    farmguy2007 Out Of The Brooder

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    Is millet something that is feasible though to grow?? Do you have experience with growing it? I know clover is easy but im looking for sustainability as well.
     
  4. HouseCat

    HouseCat Chillin' With My Peeps

    I haven't grown a chicken garden per se, but I seed their pasture each spring. There are a few Chicken/Poultry Pasture Seed available. I've always gotten good results from Sandhill Preservations' Spring Brooder Mix.

    http://www.sandhillpreservation.com/catalog/specialty.html

    It's about half way down the page along with some other plants worth considering growing in your garden. Just be prepared to have your garden off limits for the first 6-8 weeks until eveything is well rooted and has taken off.
    Good Luck.
     
  5. farmguy2007

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    Nice I have seen some similar seed packages..Thanks for the link!!! Much appricated
     
  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Yes I have grown millet- I just planted birdseed. The wild birds do come around and take some too. The chickens just trample it and peck the grains off...no harvesting necessary for you. If you shake the stems the millet comes off when ready to harvest.
     
  7. farmguy2007

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    Interesting I will keep that in mind and maybe try a small area of just it growing for them. How long does it take to mature?
     
  8. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I don't remember as it was about 7 years ago. Hopefully you could find it if googling.
     

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