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got basket of big tough okra

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ladyearth, Sep 24, 2014.

  1. ladyearth

    ladyearth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the older 2 years old or so chickens,I bought back in March wont eat them
    I cut the okra tough big pods open and give (the younger chickens 3 to 6 months old set, ones)the seeds.. They were eating them. now I guess they are tired of the okra.
    so if i let them dry out will the chickens and can they during the winter? I dont need to save( them the seeds) to plant for next years as I have plenty.
    At least my produce is all organic I grow.
    someone mentioned to limit the okra... Why?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    The only reason I can think of, is not to give them so much of one type of food that it gets their nutritional balance out of whack. Just common sense, really. I don't see why you can't save the seeeds for them for later.
     
  3. pdirt

    pdirt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you are into fermenting their feed, I bet if you added a handful to your bucket of fermented feed, it would help soften up the pods. Or ferment them on their own, like pickles or kraut (without the salt, you could use a couple cups or so of vinegar per gallon) and feed as an occasional treat during the winter. I've never done this with okra, so I don't know how it turns out, but perhaps it might turn out gooey and slimey like okra can do, but it should be fine as long it smells "pickled" or the pH is below 4.0. Don't worry if you don't have a way to test pH, most ferments turn out fine.

    Here's a recipe, but I'd chop up the okra (or coarsely puree in a food processor) and omit the salt (or reduce from 5t to 1t) if I were you and other ingredients would also be optional:
    http://www.culturesforhealth.com/okra-pickles-recipe

    pd
     
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2014

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