They have a mix of Essex Rape, Millet, and Mustard for spring planting, and I thought about planting a patch for my chickies. Has anyone tried it? Can you put adult chickens on it, or just brooder age chicks?
I plant mustard, 7 top turnip greens and anything else in the greens line for my chickens. They all like it chicks and hens. I give them collard leaves, cabbage, and lettuce too. For the little ones just cut it up good and give some chick grit just before the greens so they can break it into edible bits in their gizzard. They love almost anything green. It does not need to be a special mix. When I go to the feed store i just buy the different seeds and plant them. I try to plant at different times so I will have some coming off at different times in the summer and fall. Jean
You can probably save some money by just planting some lettuce, kale, spinach, mustard and any other greens from seed packets. Plus, by planting each item in it's own row or bed, you can harvest for both yourself and the chickens as you wish.
Oh, I will be. I will also plant Swiss chard since it grows well in the heat. But I want something for them to snack on while I have them penned up this spring. We dont have a fence around the garden, and they are usually free range.
But I got egg-xacly what I was wanting last night through a seed swap over in the 'swap' section...
I have also been sprouting the sunflower seeds and peas for ME to eat in the winter, and it is going fairly well. I find that the sunflower seeds sold as BOSS in the feed store sprout OK. I have not had good luck with my regular garden peas, so I have just bought some of these special sprouting peas, to give them a try.
Last year, I planted feedstore oats on a section of unused garden, the chickens loved the grass and the oats.