What to Plant in Field for Chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Ellie, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. Ellie

    Ellie Songster

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    What would you suggest that I plant in a field I let the chickens graze on? It is now weeds as it has been since time began I suppose.

    Anyway, I would like something that I can mow (I hate snakes) like grass, but grass is finicky and chickens like other things... something that would look nice and yet feed them.

    What do y'all think? I planted some "chicken forage" mix in places but that would be far too expensive for this area.

    Last edited: Jun 13, 2008
  2. soctippy

    soctippy In the Brooder

    Dec 22, 2007
    you could try to get a pasture mix from the local feed store, this is a good mix for most pasture animals, and you can mow it. The chickens will pick and choose what they want to eat, they also love all the bugs that live in the grasses. And by the way, i have seen large chickens catch and eat snakes.
  3. hcammack

    hcammack Crowing

    Oct 5, 2007
    chickens like clover [​IMG]
  4. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

    May 6, 2007
    Columbia Gorge, OR
    Mine love dandelion and there are always plenty of those free to seed around [​IMG]
  5. hooligan

    hooligan Songster

    Aug 20, 2007
    Millet, amaranth, clover, wheat, oats...even if you decided not to mow they would self seed and you'd have them for years [​IMG]
  6. Lobzi

    Lobzi Crowing

    I have a lot of Nasturtium that grows naturally where I live. Chickie seems to enjoy pecking at the big leaves.
  7. hooligan

    hooligan Songster

    Aug 20, 2007
    Nasturtium are edible in human food too [​IMG]
  8. Ellie

    Ellie Songster

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    I will check on the pasture mix. Great idea, it should grow in my area which is great. (think hot and dry) [​IMG]

    Hooligan, do these things, Millet, amaranth, clover, wheat, oats come in a mix.. or did you mean pick one?

    Sorry for the ignorance, I had no idea I would become a "farmer" with these chickens. [​IMG]

  9. Lobzi

    Lobzi Crowing

    Quote:Yes, so I feel quite comfortable letting her peck at them. Does anyone know of plants we should keep chickens away from because they can harm them?
  10. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    Oats, field peas and rye grain. It will keep them entertained all year hunting for seeds and gleanings.

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