In the Brooder
- Nov 24, 2020
Thinking about this lately. I know free range chickens do better than penned up chickens. Proof is in the pudding or at least in the color of the egg yolk! I’ve seen my chickens eat plantain when loose and I’m sure they get a lot of what they need this way, being loose to free range. But depending where you live might limit what they have access to. I for one live in the woods. I am already into foraging. My grandmother was old school from eastern Kentucky so I was already eating plantain from her cast iron skillet! But lately I have been seeking more like nettles. Probably something they don’t necessarily have good access to. Been reading about use for chicken consumption and I have some dried nettles I use for tea. I’m getting ready to feed it to my hens. Nettles are a really good source of nutrition and suppose to increase egg production which has slowed down and presents a perfect time for a test. But really wondering about a study showing increase in nutrition from such diets. Something passed onto me from eating the egg because I fed nettles, lambs quarter and purslane and so on to my hen. I would like to see documented proof of my green eggs actually being higher in vitamins and minerals as once advertised by hatcheries. I would love to collect enough to feed year round and actually send off to a university for a study but it doesn’t really work that way. Corporations and lobbyists pay big money for studies with outcomes that are so desired. But anything that shows higher content of vitamins and minerals for human consumption of eggs from such diets is what I’m looking for. Just thought I would use a resource here on the forum. Look forward to any good feedback.