Do Chickens Like Buckwheat?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Barry Natchitoches, Apr 21, 2010.

  1. Barry Natchitoches

    Barry Natchitoches Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Buckwheat is used by organic gardeners to build soil and keep weeds out of garden soil that is not going to be planted for awhile. In my case, I want to set up a new garden bed for use next year, and want to begin building the organic matter in the new bed by planting buckwheat.


    But what I am wondering is if my chickens would like buckwheat?


    If they would, I'm thinking about penning some of them out on the new garden bed after the buckwheat comes in, and let them eat the plant, enrich the soil with their manure, and dig in the soil for me. All would help build a richer garden bed for use next year.
     
  2. Organics North

    Organics North Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am not sure! I know I decided not to use buckwheat in my whole grain feed mix, because the seeds are large and angular. The young buckwheat grass may be a treat for the chickens. (Many people find chickens like young wheat grass.)

    I have used clover for a cover crop and my chickens enjoy it.

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  3. missionarywife

    missionarywife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens love buckwheat. Here in Ukraine Buckwheat is a big thing.
     
  4. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    The green plants - yes - the dry seed not so much.

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  5. missionarywife

    missionarywife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A.T. Hagan :

    The green plants - yes - the dry seed not so much.

    .....Alan.

    I cook it for them.​
     
  6. Organics North

    Organics North Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I cook it for them.

    Ahhh
    That makes sense..[​IMG]
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  7. Freyja

    Freyja Out Of The Brooder

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    Buckwheat can cause photosensitivity in people and animals, horses especially. When I purchased buckwheat seed for a cover crop and asked the people at the feed store if my chickens could graze it, they emphatically said no, that a friend almost lost all her chickens due to this. Don't know anything more than that, just thought I should mention it. There is plenty of info online if you google: buckwheat photosensitivity.

    I'm going to plant the buckwheat in my front yard where the chickens don't graze and will plant a pea/bean/oat/vetch mix in back that the chickens can eat. The mix will also fix nitrogen in my soil, which the buckwheat will not.
     
  8. DieterA

    DieterA New Egg

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    how do you feed buckwheat? do you cook it first?
     
  9. NicholasF

    NicholasF New Egg

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    I chopped up some of the leaves from my buckwheat and they chickens would not eat it (Isa Browns) but a few did happily eat the whole grain seed.
     

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