Growing chicken food?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Foghorn, Feb 2, 2007.

  1. Foghorn

    Foghorn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am planning my garden for spring and thought maybe there was something I could plant for my chickens I am getting.
    Does anyone grow food just for thier chickens?
     
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  2. happyhens

    happyhens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always fed them extras out of the garden, we have a big garden so I don't plant anything special for them but they still get plenty. If you wanted to plant a few extra plants specifically for them, I'd suggest mushmelon (cantaloupe) watermelon, tomatoes and squash. They LOVE the insides of the melons and squash and pick it totally clean. They also enjoy tomatoes, but not as the melons and squash.
     
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  3. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    http://www.sandhillpreservation.com/

    Foghorn, Sandhill sells a couple seed mixes for chicken pastures:

    Tasty Chicken Treats

    Brooder Yard Greens - Spring Pack: A mixture of Essex Rape, Millet, and Mustard. 8 oz. $3.50 (postpaid); 1 lb. $6.50 (postpaid); 3 lbs. $16.50 (postpaid)

    Instructions: Sow in brooder runs when you get chicks, 4-6 weeks later the young birds have a forest of greens to pick. I till up the soil and then broadcast the seed, rake in lightly, water and wait.

    Brooder Yard Greens - Fall Pack A mixture of Essex Rape, Millet, Mustard, Turnips, and Winter Radishes. 8 oz. $4.00 (postpaid); 1 lb. $7.25 (postpaid); 3 lbs. $18.00 (postpaid)

    Plant this in the poultry yards about late July or early August. Turn the birds in 6 weeks later.

    chel​
     
  4. thechickenfarmer

    thechickenfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey Eric,
    My chickens love Cabbage, lettuce, peas, bean, cantalope, tomatoes, pumpkin and squash. They go crazy for grapes, which I don't grow. They don't like carrots or broccoli though. You're chicks are coming in like, 5 days! Are you so excited? [​IMG] Jen
     
  5. Foghorn

    Foghorn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Jen!
    I am very excited and NERVOUS! I want everything to go well. I have been turning on the brooder lamp and fine tuning. I am all set and ready. My only real glitch could be the holiday. I hope that it doesn't cause a delay that could jeopardize the chicks well-being. My fingers are crossed. I will, of course, post pics and keep an up-to-date account of my "adventure"!
    -Eric
     
  6. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our chickens love our garden vegetables, squash leaves, green leafy vegetable leaves and tomatoes. They especially enjoy hanging out in the garden when I’m turning the soil, fighting over the worms. Also I am replanting my grass since they love to graze. They also love to eat any figs that fall to the ground which is helpful I don't need to clean them up, they also love our blackberries and rasberries.
     
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  7. RoyalHillsLLC

    RoyalHillsLLC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just bought some bantam chicks and have been building them a 10 x 20 yard. I plan to free range them a good bit if I can. We have a large (150+ acre) place and I am concerned about how much everyone says they love garden vegetables. Does this mean I shouldn't turn them out when the garden is making? Or will the damage be minimal since they have lots of good grass and trees to feed under? I keep several acres mowed with a lawnmower and a few more a bit higher with the tractor. I always plant a lot of forage for the deer/rabbits which now will be for the chickens also. Deer and Rabbits have not been a problem yet so I do not have my garden fenced.
    Opinions please.
    I live in North Louisiana if it makes a difference.
     
  8. bayouchica

    bayouchica Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there RoyalHills,
    welcome to BYC !! I free range my chickens all day & I have a small garden. If you grow corn they will devor the plant before you know it. But keep in mind I have standards. I guess it depends on where you put your garden & where & how far they range. Hard to say what they'll do. My hubby made some wire cages for things like squash & bell pepper so while there're young they wouldn't get stepped on.After that they didn't bother the plants.
    Glad to see some more Louisiana folks here!!!
    Miriam
     
  9. RoyalHillsLLC

    RoyalHillsLLC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like good advice. I may just have to watch them close in April. I do plant corn (will be in the next week or so). My garden is right behind my chicken yard. I guess I'll learn which plants are the most susceptible to trampling or being pulled up. Once they start producing I was concerned too about squash, tomatoes, etc if they eat them off the plants.
     
  10. erinm

    erinm Posting For A change

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    In my chicken starting research, I ve come across kale as a favprite of chickens. I will be planting it in my garden when I can. And when My birds come in I will see. ErinM.[​IMG]
     

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