Fodder Beets

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by purpletree23, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2009
    Every year I grow extra winter squash (butternut, dumpling, hubbard and such) for the girls and store them in the cellar. My family and I eat them through the winter and when I back them for our dinner I add 2 or 3 for the chickens. I heard something about fodder beets? The old timers used to grow them to store to feed cows and pigs and chicks in the winter. Does anyone know if they have to be cooked before giving them to the chickens? Any information would be appreciated.

    The seeds are heritage and were a little difficult to find but I did.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. BeccaOH

    BeccaOH Morning Gem Farm

    Oct 3, 2008
    east central Ohio
    I think they are called Mangels, and I hope to try some this year. I'm not sure if cooking is necessary. I think the chickens will peck at them as is, but I haven't tried.

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