What should I plant for free range hens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by j'schicks, Sep 25, 2010.

  1. j'schicks

    j'schicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I am re-doing a section of my yard for a veg garden. I'm going to use raised beds and between them on the ground I'd like to plant treats for free-range hens. What sorts of things should I plant in my "hen garden"?
     
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Grass. [​IMG]

    Beyond that I always let whatever weeds pop up; hens also like mustards, beets, different oats, flax, stuff like that.
     
  3. crawfordmama

    crawfordmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine go batty for clover. When they find it they eat like they're being starved. I think I remember reading somewhere that thyme is good for them. They also love cherry tomatoes. Stand back - they make a mess!
     
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  4. Morgan7782

    Morgan7782 Dense Egg Goo

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    sorry to hijack!

    What sort of grass is TOUGH? Crab? Bermuda? What is the toughest grass out there, besides astroturf? lol thanks I am curious of this as well!
     
  5. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Chicken proof grass? I believe that's called bamboo. [​IMG]

    Really you need to find a grass that is good for your environment.
     
  6. Morgan7782

    Morgan7782 Dense Egg Goo

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    Oh I didn't know it depending on climate. Hmm.. Okay I will figure that out. I know it will get killed, but if I just buy seed it will be worth a few days/weeks of their fun lol! Will be watching this thread!
     
  7. vatterpa

    vatterpa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    try a native grass like switch grass, if you need a tough one.

    my chickens love red sorrel, it is a weed here and they love it.
     
  8. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    Quote:[​IMG] [​IMG] Are you sure that it IS chickenproof? [​IMG]
     
  9. crawfordmama

    crawfordmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can grow grass anywhere I don't want it. I have found the easiest way to grow a hardy groundcover, is to leave loose soil be. The Earth quickly covers its scar with native vegetation (which likely includes weeds).
     
  10. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Quote:[​IMG] [​IMG] Are you sure that it IS chickenproof? [​IMG]

    I know "Moso" is but its 70 feet high an 6 inches thick..... My smaller stuff is doing ok though.
     

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