Pea vines?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by KenK, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. KenK

    KenK Songster

    Jan 23, 2011
    I broke off a handful of pea vines from the garden just now and threw them in the run. Little initial interest. Will report back this afternoon about whether they ate them and/or how many dead chickens I have.

  2. Medicine Man

    Medicine Man Songster

    Nov 21, 2010
    Apple Hill
    They'll eat 'em (I expect...mine do), and peas are pretty good for them if you happen to have any still on the vine.
  3. Denninmi

    Denninmi Songster

    Jul 26, 2009
    Those don't look like pea vines to me. My chickens LOVE pea foliage, but then, they eat pretty much anything that won't eat them first. Are you sure that's what they are?

    For that matter, I like to use tender pea shoots in salads myself.
  4. KenK

    KenK Songster

    Jan 23, 2011
    Quote:Absolutely sure. Vigna unguiculata (cowpeas or southern peas) not Pisum sativum.
  5. KenK

    KenK Songster

    Jan 23, 2011
    My little flock gave a resounding thumbs down to the pea vines. They have free access to their commercial feed at all times so obviously they aren't hungry. Still, they will demolish the sunflower sprouts I grow for them or a bug bit tomato.

    I did a little googling this afternoon, seems cowpeas are of some interest as poultry feed. Particularly in Africa. One hard to read research paper was on feeding the hulls. Will investigate that further cause the chickens dang sure aren't getting my peas.
  6. KenK

    KenK Songster

    Jan 23, 2011
    This is a link to a report done by a university in Nigeria.

    According to them, cowpea hulls soaked for three days, dried and then milled result in a feed that is 16.71 % crude protein and has metabolisable energy of 2,785 kcal/kg. Wonder how to mill pea hulls at home?

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