How to incorporate greens in diet?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jramirez, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. jramirez

    jramirez Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens are in a 3 sided coop. There is no longer grass and not sure how many bugs venture in! I feed them layer feed and every now and then mix in some corn, sunflower seed etc mix. I want to achieve the deep golden yolk but how can I do this?
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    I think if you give them leafy green veggies (in addition to their layer ration) it should orange up their yolks a little.
     
  3. AVintageLife

    AVintageLife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think greens are very important for the health of the flock and quality of the eggs. My family eats alot of kale, spinach, field greens, romaine and I can get big bags of kale at the supermarket now. My chickens get a big handful of greens in the morning every day, either fresh or leftover from our meals. I also feed them a variety of the yellow/orange veggies - pumpkin, acorn squash, butternut squash, carrots, etc., again either fresh or left over from our meals. They go through a cabbage a week, hung in their run to keep them busy. It's so much fun to watch them jumping up to peck at it and they eat it down to the core. I only have seven chickens at the moment. Out of five pullets, we have four laying as of yesterday and the eggs are beautiful, hard shells and really bright golden yolks.
     
  4. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We give kitchen scraps, I buy all the discount produce I can see for them. Last year I struck up a deal with the local produce stand and they would give me all their "bad" produce. I'd just dump it in and they'd go to town.
     
  6. jramirez

    jramirez Out Of The Brooder

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    wow these are all great ideas! Thanks so much everyone :)
     

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