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Winter Field Peas

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Neil Grassbaugh, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. Neil Grassbaugh

    Neil Grassbaugh Songster

    Sep 1, 2008
    Is anyone experienced in using Field Peas (or any of its cultivars) as a winter forage crop for chickens, turkeys or ducks? I know that geese readily eat it and it is recognized as a good green feed for dairy cattle, especially in Europe. I have not located any information on the internet as to its usefulness as a feed otherwise.

    It grows well duiring colder weater and if suitable may be a valuable plant to utilize for poultry since its growing season extends beyond many other vegitation types.
    I am told that it grows much like a cold hardy pansey. I have seen panseys blooming in Ohio in December and in Atlanta in January.

    I am thinking this might be a good crop to extend the season of range poultry.

    Any information would be appreciated.

  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    I don't have experience with winter peas, but I always thought peas and beans weren't good for chickens.
  3. Two Creeks Farm

    Two Creeks Farm Songster

    Apr 23, 2011
    Hedgesville, WV
    I use rye and barely oats. Even with snow on the ground...a few sunny days has it growing. I let it seed out in the spring and cut it and bale it. If its in an area or two small of a plot to bale, I brush hog it down and repeat in the fall again. Some plots will re-seed itself. I mainly use it for deer plots but I cant keep teh chickens out of it. The wild turkeys flock to my place in the winter! The winter peas (australian peas) dont seem to do well here.
  4. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    Ive used AUSTRIAN PEAS, MAPLE PEAS, VETCH PEAS, CANADIAN PEAS, and MUNG BEANS but not as a forage crop, they were the main protein sores in the pigeon grain mix that I used as a poultry scratch.
    My Red's seem to do real well and filled out nicely in the breast, back and legs.

    Last edited: Aug 15, 2011

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