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Duck Feed Garden

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by smithmal, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. smithmal

    smithmal Out Of The Brooder

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    Thinking of starting a garden plot to grow greens to feed my ducks. What should I think about growing? My ducks are not free range, so they would not have access to the garden. In other words, I'd be interested in varieties I can hand pick and feed to them.

    I'd like the varieties grown to be:
    - Self sustaining (i.e. perrenial garden in zone 6B)
    - Provide from early spring through late fall
    - Be robust and grow quickly
    - Be a strong source for necessary vitamins, etc.

    I'm open to ideas as I'm planning my garden now.

    Thanks,

    smithmal
     
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  2. smithmal

    smithmal Out Of The Brooder

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    Here's a list I've come up with so far:

    1. Dandelions
    2. Lamb’s quarters (Chenopodium album)
    3. Chicory
    4. Alfalfa
    5. Black Medick (Medicago lupulina)
    6. Comfrey
    7. Mustard Greens
    8. Kale
    9. Cabbage
    10. Collard
    11. Chard
    12. Broccoli (fruit not leaves)
    13. Cucumber (fruit not leaves)
    14. Plantain
    15. Nasturtium
    16. Chickweed
    17. Yellow dock
    18. Purslane
    19. Sow Thistle

    smithmal
     
  3. cayugaducklady

    cayugaducklady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd add

    calendula
    oregano
    parsley
    beets (can overwinter)- root and leaves ok
    carrots (can overwinter)-root and leaves ok
    parsnips (can overwinter)-roots, leave probably ok ( have never bought parnsips that still had the leaves)
    sorrel
    dock
    millet
     
  4. Sfraker

    Sfraker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Clover, basil, mint.

    Also, I grow veggies such as broccoli or beans for myself then feed the ducks the leaves when the plants are done producing.
     
  5. Tivona

    Tivona Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Kale has been a consistent favorite of my ducks and geese. Be prepared to fence off the plants or they will eat them to the ground and start digging for the roots. At least that is what mine do.


    Forgot to mention. Swiss chard has been said to be not so good for them. To high in oxalic acid. Mine never showed much interest in it anyway. Same for dock.

    I tried purslane. I was so happy to have it in my garden, yes I am strange. I like weeds in my garden....anyway the ducks got through the fencing and ate every bit. I haven't seen it since. Dandelions are eaten mostly in spring or fall by my birds.
     
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  6. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Got some good, good lists here!!!! I'll toss in some ideas - some will need a little time to get established - however, once they are going, they are reliable and can provide shade and greens as well as fruit. For everyone!

    How about amaranth?
    flax
    sunroot (Helianthus tuberosus)
    hardy kiwi
    mulberry
    oats
    spring-planted field peas
    buckwheat
    miner's lettuce
    mache
     
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  7. jennifleur

    jennifleur Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great list. You might also try Water cress and cilantro. Annuals sorry
     
  8. smithmal

    smithmal Out Of The Brooder

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    My issue with herbs/clover is that they are hard to pick a bunch without disturbing the roots. For free ranging ducks, I agree, herbs/clover are a great cover plant to put down for ducks to graze on.
     

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