Greens when grass is gone

ldrchickens

Songster
Jul 1, 2018
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Oklahoma
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Hey guys! another question for yall. I have my chickens in a run and they have almost eaten all of their grass and what is left that they havnt eaten has turned brown due to all the cold weather. They have a mix of chick feed and flock raiser free choice, as well as a little bit of scratch and mealworms. Should i be giving them greens, fruits, and veggies DAILY to supplement them? or just the kitchen scraps we have every now and again? Thanks in advance!
 

mixedbreeds

Crowing
Aug 10, 2016
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Washington State, Coulee City
I’m sure they will be fine the way they are but I like to give them some greens to keep the eggs dark and delicious. I feed fodder I use the garden trays I think they are 10” x 20” something like that. The top tray with drain holes bottom without and something in between to elevate the top tray. I put 3 to 4 cups of seeds in the top tray wheat, black oil sunflower seeds, mung beans and lentils. I rinse and soak them over night drain and put in tray. I run water over the top tray twice a day in the sink. Sometimes I use a grow light or in front of a window works. I grow them for about 7 days and chop up and feed it to them. Watch out for mold you don’t have to grow them that long but you get a better yield that way.
 

ldrchickens

Songster
Jul 1, 2018
588
1,078
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Oklahoma
My Coop
My Coop
I’m sure they will be fine the way they are but I like to give them some greens to keep the eggs dark and delicious. I feed fodder I use the garden trays I think they are 10” x 20” something like that. The top tray with drain holes bottom without and something in between to elevate the top tray. I put 3 to 4 cups of seeds in the top tray wheat, black oil sunflower seeds, mung beans and lentils. I rinse and soak them over night drain and put in tray. I run water over the top tray twice a day in the sink. Sometimes I use a grow light or in front of a window works. I grow them for about 7 days and chop up and feed it to them. Watch out for mold you don’t have to grow them that long but you get a better yield that way.
thanks ill have to try this
 

Melky

Spring has sprung!
Jul 23, 2018
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Edgewood, KY
I grew a chicken salad mix of seed in a 4x4 bed so I can cut a handful of greens daily or several times a week if need to stretch out. Grows quickly. See my review for contents of seed packet and info.
https://www.backyardchickens.com/reviews/chicken-salad-seed-mix.11878/ . If out of fresh garden greens: I feed carrot tops, turnip tops, some cabbage leaves tied with string in coop run or put in peck n play ball like this__https://www.backyardchickens.com/reviews/ware-chicken-peck-n-play-boredom-busting-ball.11882/ . Whatever greens are in my kitchen.
Can also just hang one small cabbage ball for them to peck and entertain themselves.
 

ldrchickens

Songster
Jul 1, 2018
588
1,078
221
Oklahoma
My Coop
My Coop
I grew a chicken salad mix of seed in a 4x4 bed so I can cut a handful of greens daily or several times a week if need to stretch out. Grows quickly. See my review for contents of seed packet and info.
https://www.backyardchickens.com/reviews/chicken-salad-seed-mix.11878/ . If out of fresh garden greens: I feed carrot tops, turnip tops, some cabbage leaves tied with string in coop run or put in peck n play ball like this__https://www.backyardchickens.com/reviews/ware-chicken-peck-n-play-boredom-busting-ball.11882/ . Whatever greens are in my kitchen.
Can also just hang one small cabbage ball for them to peck and entertain themselves.
thanks im checking it out now
 

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