Does anyone plant feed plots for their geese?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by r4eboxer, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. r4eboxer

    r4eboxer Crooked Creek Poultry

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    I've got a lot of garden space and frankly I'm tired of putting in so much squash. I'm going to half my squash garden up and put in about an acre or so of feed plots for the geese, turkeys, ducks and chickens.

    If you plant feed plots what do you put in?
     
  2. mominoz

    mominoz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    'Good question , I was thinking same thing. Mine will devour watermelon.I read they will eat mangels(have to figure out how they grow in Ga.).Have read someone cooks potatoes for his. I fed some cooked sweetpotato and pumkin last year.... They love green peas and beans...Corn maybe. I am planning on planting for them too....Oh, they'd love your strawberries!!!as I found last year. Oh, and I have 3 grapevines on my fences. They love them , they will jump for them and eat the lower leaves too.This is good as they don't require much care...
     
  3. Tivona

    Tivona Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes. I rotate grass sections so they don't over eat my yard so they always have some grass. As far as in the garden I always plant kale, swiss chard and some parsley for my ducks and geese. Grows great year round where I live and the birds love it. I have my birds in the garden and I just fence off garden beds I don't want them in and try to make the rest productive for them. I allow and even plant/transplant lots of wild edible "weeds" such as dandelions, plantain, catsear, clovers, chicory, speedwell and dead nettle to grow in my garden nooks and cranies. All of those are edible and the ducks and geese eat varying amounts of them. I only weed out any plants out that might be harmful such as fox glove or nightshade as fast as I can spot them. As a result most of the garden is either producing food for me or them. Very little space being wasted. They do make a pest of them selves eating things like my pansies, day lilies, bachelor buttons, and chives which I don't fence off but they do more help then harm when factoring in the bugs and slugs and I like knowing they have good things to eat. I also give them any leaves of things like broccoli that are a bit buggy.
     
  4. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    rye, timothy, millet, clover (4 varieties), field peas, various grasses, chikory

    best to research what grows best in your area at what time of the year.
     

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