chickens and nasturtiums

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Tagyritshell, Mar 25, 2018.

  1. Tagyritshell

    Tagyritshell In the Brooder

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    We're working on creating our chicken's yard, they'll be going out in about a week, that is unless I chicken out and decide it's still too cold for them, lol. We are wanting to possibly put a planter box in there of something they and we would enjoy, and have decided that nasturtiums just might be the ticket. Does anyone know if the chickens would want to eat the nasturtiums? The goal is for them to eat them.
     
  2. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Crowing

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    Good says they should not eat the leafs,would put it in there maybe grow one tomato plant.How old are the chicks?
     
  3. Dani & Mikey

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    I have read they are good for them and plan on planing some myself this year. I will be interested to see what the chicken experts have to say!:highfive:
     
  4. Tagyritshell

    Tagyritshell In the Brooder

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    They will be 6 weeks old on Thursday, i would plant the nasturtiums at the end of april, I just read in an article on here that green tomatoes are deadly to chickens so I would be concerned about that
     
  5. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Crowing

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    Oh,I would wait till the chickens are ten or twelve weeks then put them outside
     
  6. room onthebroom

    room onthebroom Animal-a-holic

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    my chickens don't eat my nasturtiums, but they do eat every bite of the kale in my garden. Kale comes in green, purple & white & could give you some color variation as well as a healthy snack. Be prepared for them to demolish whatever you end up putting out there.
     
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  7. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

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    Mine nibbled at the nasturtiums I planted for them but mostly tried to dig it up. Silly chickens! If you want to grow stuff specifically for the chickens to eat, you can also try kale or parsley - those are very popular with my birds and grow fairly easily.
     
  8. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Crowing

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    I planted some Nasturtiums last year & threw the whole plants in the run in the fall. They had a field day & ate everything except the woody stems. They went crazy for them, just like my snap pea plants.
     

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