Mangels (also Fodder Beets)

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by zekii, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. zekii

    zekii Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone here grow Mangels... I read that this is a good crop for poultry, especially for winter forage.
    Where can I buys some seeds ? Also can these be reseeded from the plant ?

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  2. HorizonSon

    HorizonSon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just bought and received some seed with an order. I purchased mine HERE.
     
  3. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Chillin' With My Peeps

    50 tons per acre! [​IMG]

    I think I will plant a few.
     
  4. knjinnm

    knjinnm Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. Chickie'sMoma

    Chickie'sMoma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    baker's creek has them in there beet section along with other colors than the orange! also look for the yellow carrots, those are also good for feeding to the chickens. http://rareseeds.com/
     
  6. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Yup..folks have been feeding Mangles to their livestock since forever...
    I should grow some too!!.. [​IMG]
     
  7. zekii

    zekii Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the sources, Johnnys would be my first choice but they only sell in large quantities, I'm not planting acres of beets !!!
    Yellow carrots ... will also consider those.

    Thank you !!!

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  8. Chickie'sMoma

    Chickie'sMoma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rochester, NH
    baker's creek i think has small packets of 200-250 seeds for about $2.50/pk, and they also sell the larger bags in the bulk area. check the description of all the beets since some can grow to 20lbs! the mangel they have listed is a red but the orange and white beets right beside that one is also a mangel type that get large and are described as food for livestock!
     
  9. knjinnm

    knjinnm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:How much space do you have and what other critters/ You could also plant turnips, rutabagas or beets, as you know chickens will eat anything that grows in the ground. [​IMG]
     
  10. tonini3059

    tonini3059 [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Luv

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    I hate to hijack but was wondering how one goes about feeding them to the chickens? I would assume that you would have to dig them up as needed, but what about when the ground freezes and how could they be stored? I read about them just recently and thought it may be a good idea to try them, but I am looking for a little bit more information.
     

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