Vigorous plant for poultry pasture

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by redandalusian, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. redandalusian

    redandalusian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am going to raise my chickens on a pasture this year and I already planted Bermuda
    Grass. But I am looking for a vigorous plant that spreads and can withstand 100 chickens
    Thankyou
     
  2. JoshRonin

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    Plant a mulberry tree or two. Once established it'll be like having a vertical food system. Plenty of fresh berries for a few months out of the year, and a nice shady spot during hot days.
     
  3. Ashburnham

    Ashburnham Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have planted fig and mulberry trees for my chooks - after 20 years they now get tons of free feed. tagasaste trees are good too- very high protein leaves.
     
  4. GAKitten

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    Comfrey
    mangels
    corn
    sunflowers
    Zucchini
    swiss chard
    cabbage
    duckweed
    wheat grass
    rye grass
    oats
    barley
    mulberry trees
    chestnut trees
    black walnut trees
    Hardy shrubs that produce fruit such as thornless black berries
    fodder beets
    potatoes
    pumpkins
    winter squashes
    sweet potatoes
    and dont forget Dandelions
     
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  5. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How big is your pasture? Understand nothing, in a too small area except established trees and bushes, can hold up to chickens.
     
  6. cva34

    cva34 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    took the words right out of my MOUTH...cva34
     
  7. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't want to discourage you. A large enough pasture works great. Try long grasses fescues, rye grass, clovers, basically regular pasture mixes. Alfalfa can also be added. Might have to mow it once and a while, as chickens don't like to go in tall grass.
     
  8. n8mont4

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    Try growing duckweed. Just put some in a tup of water and it will double quantity in a day or two. Each day, scoop out half and throw it on the ground for your chickens. It has a lot of protein too :)
     
  9. redandalusian

    redandalusian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where can you get duck weed
     
  10. n8mont4

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    You can go to a fish store or a seasonal store that sells flowers and also has fish, they should have it. If you have swamps/ponds nearby, you can scoop some out of it. If you dont have any of these, it is on ebay for $5 for 1/4 cup.
     

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