Does anyone plant crops for their flock to forage?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by xtremevermonter, May 3, 2009.

  1. xtremevermonter

    xtremevermonter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What treats do people like to plant outside for their flock? I would like to plant some crops specifically for my chickens. I was thinking they might enjoy corn, beans, and other veggies. I was also wondering if there is some type of grass/cover crop that chickens might like.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes if planting green beans make sure they are not dried beans
    so you would have to pull them when the green beans start to grow like a thin 4 inchlong bean pod
    I would rather plant kale, swiss chard, spinach and even lettuce for them
    so they can get the nice green and red chard. and green vege's

    legumes are a nice planting of greens for chickens also

    as long as you don't feed the green beans dried black or brown beans inside pods
    and not green tomatoe vines or potatoe vines your okay
     
  3. xtremevermonter

    xtremevermonter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The greens sounds like a nice idea, thanks!
     
  4. rooster0209

    rooster0209 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens are supposed to like oat grass.

    Plant a patch of oats and let em go at it. You could probably get a coffee can of oats from a farmer or elevator pretty cheap. That much of oats would plant quite a large patch.
     
  5. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

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    I'm putting in quinoa and some other amaranths, mostly for winter nutrition. I'll harvest the seeds for the poultry and also to add to my home cooking regime. I also plant pumpkin and other squashes for winter nutrition.

    Regular old grass and white and red clover are loved by poultry.
     
  6. EricShane

    EricShane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i plant sunflowers all around the outside of the run and the barn so when they grow up, the seeds fall and the girls love them.
     
  7. Lobzi

    Lobzi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine love to eat my spider plants (not really a crop). I cultivate the baby spiders but no sooner do I put a pot of spider plants in the pen for them but they are eaten down to the nub. They also eat the nasturtium that I encourage to grow in my yard.
     
  8. ChickenRiverCottage

    ChickenRiverCottage Out Of The Brooder

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    We are also planting sunflowers, pumpkins and some other things for the chickens. Most of it for the winter as little snacks on the side.
     
  9. xtremevermonter

    xtremevermonter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm definitely doing the sunflower thing! That sounds like an awesome idea!
     
  10. EricShane

    EricShane Chillin' With My Peeps

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