what crops to grow for most nutrition for chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by annabelle08, Feb 20, 2017.

  1. annabelle08

    annabelle08 Out Of The Brooder

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    what plants can I grow as fodder for my chickens that would be the most nutritious?
     
  2. SueT

    SueT Overrun With Chickens

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    I wondered the same thing, I was giving them kale until it died off for the winter. Now I find there are weeds growing in profusion that are very nutritious....do you have henbit? (named because chickens like it.)photo 1)...or purple dead-nettle? (named because it's a nettle but doesn't sting photo 2. ) These are easy to pull up by the handful. Here I was weeding my garden detesting these plants, and decided to google them, and discovered I had a wealth of free chicken fodder.... Their egg yolks are bright orange, and these are the only greens they are eating right now.
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  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    White or red clover, wheat, barley, any of the brassica or cole plants, lettuce, spinnach, grass,
     
  4. annabelle08

    annabelle08 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you Sue T, I do have the dead-nettles, but wasn't sure they were good for them. I'll be picking those now. I did pull up some chickweed, but they weren't really crazy for them.

    Thank you Lazy Gardener, I have been growing wheat grass which they eat, but not enthusiastically. I wanted to know so I could buy seed in bulk instead of paying 3-4$ for a little package.
     
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  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    I bought a 50# bag of feed wheat this fall for $12.50, and have been using that. It will easily last me all year, and should still be viable for next year's sprouting also, if I store it well.
     

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