Squash Time

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by clawmute, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. clawmute

    clawmute In the Brooder

    My raised bed squash bed is doing well this summer since I have kept all of the deer chased out of the yard. (ask me no questions) Yellow squash and Zuchinni that have gotten too big I feed to the feathered clan that are clucking about here. Some of the Zuchinni can grow to look like base ball bats. I just crush it up in a bucket with a 2 x 4 - like a mortar and pestle, and they eat all but the toughest parts. I'm certain i've saved some on feed.

    Next year maybe I can grow more vegetable supplements for them since the price of all commercial feed is going up along with the oil.



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  2. I'd love to see photos! I'm growing two kinds of squash this year, pumpkins, nasturtiums, peas and sunflowers for the girls...
     
  3. clawmute

    clawmute In the Brooder

    I didn't take any pix when it was at its glory but will try to get a couple - if I think they don't look too bad... We have good spot to grow in the river bottom but the deer have increased dramatically here, so I hauled tons of bottom soil up to our house on the ridge to make 5ft wide x 25ft long raised beds. I plant them SOILD with seed. We have crowder peas coming on, gobs of tomatoes and okra. First planting of green beans isht kaput so I will fill that bed with purple hull peas.

    Lo and behold Bambi showed up here in the yard too! - 25ft. from the house. I harvest (kill and then eat) about four each fall/winter but that hasn't even slowed them down. Here are some lounging around in the far back yard last spring when I didn't garden. There were three small bucks that I dubbed the three amigoes. We have tons of predatory varmints living here above the small river and the coyotes will come right into the yard. Killed a solid black wolf a few years ago, and Rattlesnakes are common - some prize winners too!

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    Last edited: Jul 9, 2008
  4. bigreyhorse

    bigreyhorse In the Brooder

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    My 6wk olds love their zucchini and squash too,
    I didn't check the garden the day before yesterday so there we're tons of veggies, unfortunately a lot went in the zucchini bread (it's really good [​IMG] ) I'm sure there will be enough for the girls though, theres still a bunch in the house.
    Cucumbers are a favorite as well, we have one over half a foot long :eek: that will probably be bird food.

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  5. sadieH5836

    sadieH5836 In the Brooder

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    We have a large garden too. Since my surgery I can't have solid food so my share of veggies are going to the girls. I like giving them fresh veggies and the only complaint I get is "give me more!"
     
  6. Lea71

    Lea71 Songster

    Wow...you have wolves in Arkansas? They've been hunted to extinction in CA. [​IMG] Is it legal to kill them?
     
  7. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    I grow ... nasturtiums

    What part of the nasturtiums do you give to the chickens? I have some growing in my flower garden right now

    Where are the wolves in Arkansas? They're in the U.P. of MI and near Onaway in the Lower Peninsula​
     

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