Cover Crop for chickens that grows in shade?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Chocobo, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. Chocobo

    Chocobo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have some areas around my house that I just can't get to grow anything that I would want to eat but it occurred to me that there might be some type of ground cover or Cover Crop that I could feed my chickens.
    Does anyone know of some plants that grow well in deep shade that chickens like to eat?
     
  2. gjensen

    gjensen Overrun With Chickens

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    What part of the country are you in, and are the trees evergreen?
     
  3. Chocobo

    Chocobo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Central Texas. Something will grow here virtually year round.
     
  4. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    I've got some sort of vining weed growing absolutely everywhere including the shady and very dry parts of the yard. Medium, rounded leaves with a little point and tiny white flowers. I have no clue what it is but it's prolific as anything and the chickens are crazy about it. I'll have to get a picture and maybe someone will know. And then, of course, there are always dandelions. Those things will grow just about anywhere.
     
  5. angie3881

    angie3881 Chillin' With My Peeps

    My chickens live hosta. I have none left! Lol
     
  6. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    You could try growing some greens for them to eat. Greens will grow in areas that are too shady for other types of vegetables that bloom and bear fruit. In the middle of summer's heat, they may even do better in shade, depending on what you're growing.
     
  7. goldtopper

    goldtopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. grawg

    grawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe northern sea oats?
     
  9. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    Ah, I found the ID. It's chickweed. Lots and lots and lots of (apparently delicious to chickens) chickweed growing here in TN.
     
  10. angie3881

    angie3881 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That was supposed to be love not live! Lol... Oh, I used to have some beautiful hosta. So glad my chickens enjoyed picking it clean! [​IMG]
     

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