I am starting a chicken garden!! What goes in it?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by matthewschickens, May 22, 2010.

  1. Hello Everyone!

    I am going to start a chicken garden to try to lower feed bills!
    Here is the question:
    What goes in it? I am looking for things that are good for them and also things that they like.

    Thanks!

    Matthew
     
  2. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

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    I know that my chicks like dandelion and chickweed. These are very good for you (humans) to eat also. Google 'medicinal garden' and you'll get some ideas or try mountainroseherbs.com; that's where I bought my seeds.
     
  3. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Chickens like: Squash, greenbeans, tomatoes, corn can't think of anything else at the moment! [​IMG]
     
  4. vatterpa

    vatterpa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm all for Comfrey. Its good for beesting and burns for you too.
     
  5. lilray

    lilray Out Of The Brooder

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    Comfrey I hear a lot. We feed our chickens succulents a lot also. They grow fast and thick. I hear mangle beets a lot also. I planted corn this year. I feed ours rice too. Young cactus (nopales) I also buy in big quantities I skip one day every two weeks and will probably start one day a week, just water. They will eat all and everything.
     
  6. jujubean99

    jujubean99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know specific plans, but my chickies love to scratch around in my compost pile! Maybe you could get some sort of plant or pile of something that attracts bugs for them to find [​IMG]
     
  7. detali

    detali Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens like lettuce. To my dismay, my whole row of lettuce is just about to bolt, so I won't be getting any more till I plant a new crop in the fall. But the chickens love it. In fact any leafy greens from your garden. The only thing that I found out my hens won't eat is fava beans. I planted a whole bed of them, thinking it would be good chicken feed. They just trampled it down.
     
  8. DianeB

    DianeB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Greens, grains, legumes and bugs should make a balanced diet for your chickens. Greens have the highest nutrient per calorie and space of any plant. So, if you don't have much space, start with those. If you do have space, I definately recommend you also grow some grains and legumes. He's a thread about green manure/cover crops that double as chicken feed. https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=293840
     
  9. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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  10. Larry33843

    Larry33843 Out Of The Brooder

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    I've got 1000 sq. ft. ready to plant sorghum, millet and broom corn, to feed to my guineas as scratch. Not sure about chickens, though I think they like these grains also.
     

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