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Planting the Ground for Tractor Chickens

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

  1. frostychicken

    frostychicken In the Brooder

    Apr 5, 2007
    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' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    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.

  3. tvtaber

    tvtaber Songster

    Aug 2, 2007
    Central CA
    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:

    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!

  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    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.


  5. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    Clover is one of your best bets for growing quick and being tough enough to stand up to chickens.

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