I feed my chickens...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by davidmc, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. davidmc

    davidmc Hatching

    May 14, 2008
    Just about anything. We have 7 hens (newly aquired this spring as chicks)
    They especially love clover and alfalfa from the pasture. Everyday my daughter and I grab a few handfuls and toss them on the ground in their run. They really love the purple and white flowers. Our pasture grass (Timothy and Orchard) is going to seed right now and one of the other things we do is gather a bunch of it together and tie it in small bundles, hang it up about six inches from the ground with the seed pods facing downward. The chickens have a great time stripping he seed from the stems. After it rains we always find worms crawling around and gather them up and toss them in the run too. My daughter calls it "Worm Attack" We have one hen that is especially talented at catching flying insects. Watched her jump about 3 feet in the air to catch a wasp yesterday and just this morning the same hen chased down a carpenter bee. So far the only thing the hens don't like is green beans.
  2. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border

    If you cook the greenbeans, David, they should eat them too [​IMG].

    I'll be harvesting a little alfalfa to dry for the hens for the Winter. It'll be like the old days when I cut hay for the cows [​IMG]. They can't handle too much roughage in their diets and it is fairly easy to lower the percentage of protein with too many veggies but hens can learn to like and benefit from many foods.

    I've read in Joel Salatin and others evaluating "pasturing" of poultry that chickens may reduce their commercial feed consumption by 10 to 30% on a mixed legume and grass pasture.

    A caution - the only impacted crop I've ever had to deal with was from a young bird eating grass hay . . .

    I think that not only do the birds appreciate and benefit from a varied diet and lowering of their feed costs makes a world of sense but it is fun for us as well [​IMG]!


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