The chickens deserve a vegetable garden too!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by beavis, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. beavis

    beavis Out Of The Brooder

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    Greetings all,

    I currently have my young chickens in a coop that connects to a chicken run that also connects to a much larger grazing pen.

    Currently, they are too small to be out in the larger grazing pen.

    I would like to get some vegetables established in the grazing pen before the chickens are old enough to go out and forage in the grazing pen.

    The vegetables would be largely for the chikens to consume, since I already have a large vegetable garden for my family.

    I am in the foothills of Southern California, currently in our hot summer mode with sunflowers, tomatoes, corn, melons, pumpkins, peppers, artichokes, onions, herbs, cucumbers, eggplant growing nicely.

    What types of vegetables would one choose to plant, for the chickens to peck at easily to supplement their diet?
     
  2. DrakeMaiden

    DrakeMaiden Overrun with Drakes

    Jun 8, 2007
    Kitsap County, WA
    kale, beet (greens), chickweed. Yes, I said chickweed. [​IMG] It is supposed to be very nutritious.
     
  3. beavis

    beavis Out Of The Brooder

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    Yep greens for sure in the Fall/Winter, but for now I need warm weather crops...

    here are some pics of the are.

    Pay no attention to that Beagle:D
    Main coop, chicken run...
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    Larger pen, chickens not allowed, Beagles temporarily allowed, this will change...
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    Thinking of planting approx. where Beagle is....
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  4. beavis

    beavis Out Of The Brooder

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    Here is part of the main garden area........


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