wintertime treats for chickens - the lazy way....

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ace6175, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. ace6175

    ace6175 Songster

    May 9, 2009
    I never pulled up our broccoli plants, and they were buried under snow until I dug out a few yesterday. Still green, so I gave some to the chickens. They were fighting over it! Who know that broccoli leaves would be such a treat? They wouldn't touch it in the summer. [​IMG] Back in December, I did the same thing with some bok choi that went to seed. Maybe next year I'll plant some extra.
  2. Daisygirl

    Daisygirl Songster

    Nov 10, 2009
    New Zealand
    Yep, over here we have winter in July, so I was feeding all my winter lettuces that went to seed to the chooks...they were crazy about them [​IMG]
    now that its summer I'm going over to the supplies store to stock up on mustard seed- they sell them wholesale and the leaves sprout in a few days and the chickens always love fresh greens
  3. gsim

    gsim Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    East Tennessee
    Quote:I cut up the brocolli stems when I make our salads daily just for the chooks. I keep the chook treats bin at hand to toss goodies and waste into while doing this. I have found three or more broadleaf weeds that are green around here all winter and I periodically pull a bucket of them up for the chooks and boy, they pounce on them. One almost looks like clover. Costs nothing and they love them. In summertime, I routinely dump a bushel of grass clippings into the run and they pounce on that too. Of course, there is all manner of garden waste too in summertime.

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