Forage Garden?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ldrchickens, Feb 1, 2019.

  1. ldrchickens

    ldrchickens Songster

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    Has anybody planted a forage garden for their flock? We have this large flower bed in our front yard thats not being used. I want to plant some things that are hardy and can with stand foraging! Grasses, weeds, greens, herbs,etc. I know they could just forage around my yard but being in Oklahoma everything dies in the summer from no water so it would be more economical to water a 10 by 10 space then a whole yard. TIA
     
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  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

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    Try putting chicken wire over the area so it is raised off the ground a bit so they can peck at the green stuff as it grows through but not get at the roots. Let if get established so they don't pull it up.

    There are all kinds of things you could plant but in Oklahoma I'd suggest Bermuda grass. It should grow really well and always come back from the roots. I like going native instead of imports.
     
  3. ldrchickens

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    We have bermuda grass everywhere! last year i let the girls in the garden to eat it out!
     
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  4. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    I would do as already suggested (cage a bed so the hens can eat it but not dig it out) but I would plant things high in nutrition.

    So spinach would be great but maybe not for your summer heat.
     
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  5. Vocjuved

    Vocjuved Chirping

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    Can you plant arugula in a forage garden, or is that a bad plant for chickens?
     
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  6. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    Arugula would be great.
     
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  7. Vocjuved

    Vocjuved Chirping

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    Here are my seeds for planting. I have an area 10' x 20' I will fence and put down some chicken wire to protect the plants.
    Parslee, mesclun, soybean, collards, broccoli, cauliflower, okra, beet, swiss chard, cabbage, lettuce, raddish, peas, beans. No plants should put on any fruit as they will get eaten down before then.

    Are there any of these plants I shouldn't plant? I have researched as well as I can, but a lot of information is no available.
     
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  8. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    I know all of those are good... except


    I know nothing about the edibility of the soybean plant.
     
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  9. pintail_drake2004

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    I planted turnips and rape in my garden after I pulled everything in October. I leave my fence up until about January, taking cuttings of the turnip greens and rape to the chickens and rabbits. Then I take down the fence and let them have what is left around 1st of Feb.
    I grow soybeans on my farm. My chickens will range into the field eating bugs, snipping the small leaves, etc. But for the most part. they leave the actual soybean alone.
     

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