Growing chicken feed?

Discussion in 'DIY / Self Sufficiency' started by Wolfstead, Mar 21, 2017.

  1. Wolfstead

    Wolfstead Just Hatched

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    Once we are out on our land, we are going to be out in the middle of nowhere so whatever we can grow, we're going to. I have been doing research, but want some expert advice. What would you grow to feed chickens? I know that obviously oyster shell will have to be bought, but what would be a good crop, or crops of things to feed the chickens? They will be free range file purpose birds, I'm thinking New Hampshire Reds more than likely. I know they will eat a lot of bugs and forage, but is there anything else I need to grow for them? We will have corn and grains like oats and amaranth for sure but I know they don't need too many grains so would thing like collard greens be good? We're also going to be organic so I plan on using oregano and essential oils and things like that to help prevent infections so things that give them a lot of vitamins and keep their immune system up would be best. I'm still new to this and trying to learn as much as I can before we do anything.
     
  2. WillGriffin03

    WillGriffin03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always use pullet grower, it's really great.
     
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    I assume your land is in Texas? If so, you could grow a culture of Black Soldier Fly larvae. Input compostables (fruits and veggies, etc.) and have a never ending supply of high protein, high calcium soldier fly larvae. Plant your land to a variety of grain crops, fruit trees and plant a diverse garden for your own use, as well as giving the left overs to the flock. Sorgum, corn, various grains, sunflowers. You can even plant those crops as green manure or fodder. Chickens will go to town on pumpkins/winter squash. I have planted Bocking # 14 comfrey as a high protein fodder and green compost in my orchard. Have also planted Siberian Pea tree/shrub. Mulberry trees would grow in your climate, and produce bountiful crops. Plant your free range area to multiple open areas surrounded by strips of denser, taller vegetation. You'll have to come up with a workable balance between good free range while providing protection from predators. B/C the very things that provide good free range can also provide cover for predators.
     

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