Planting the Ground for Tractor Chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by frostychicken, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. frostychicken

    frostychicken Out Of The Brooder

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    I have the opportunity to plant some seeds in the area where I will use a chicken tractor. Has anyone planted a specific type of plant or variety of seed that the birds love to eat?

    I don't have bare ground, but I'd like some denser plant life before putting chickens in that area...
     
  2. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sand Hill Preservation Center sells seed mixes they call "Tasty Chicken Treats."

    Brooder Yard Greens - Spring Pack: A mixture of Essex Rape, Millet, and Mustard.

    Brooder Yard Greens - Fall Pack: A mixture of Essex Rape, Millet, Mustard, Turnips, and Winter Radishes.

    Pastured poultry are usually placed on mixed forage of clover or alfalfa and perennial grasses. It usually takes a year without grazing before pastures can become established. The Sand Hill seed mixes are for annual plants.

    Steve
     
  3. tvtaber

    tvtaber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How great that there is a company making such a mix! And also how amazing that you know about it!

    Someone else asked about growing chickweed awhile back; here is the link provided for the seed:
    http://www.wildgardenseed.com/index.php?cPath=55

    Be aware they will eat this stuff up in about a day in a chicken tractor. We call them chickens, but really they are pigs!

    Vicki
     
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Newly seeded things (like, in their first 6 months to a year after seeding) will get destroyed even faster by the chickens than established vegetation will - and in a tractor the established vegetation will buy it quite quickly as it is!

    So, make sure you think thru the time scale and longer-term issues before going to all the trouble of planting.

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    Pat
     
  5. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Clover is one of your best bets for growing quick and being tough enough to stand up to chickens.
     

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