Would these be okay to feed to chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by stone_family3, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I saw in some garden frames in the coop section that prevent the birds from completely destroying the plants. I was thinking of mixing some grass seed with some other seeds. Would these things be okay?

    Millet
    Wheat
    Barley
    Rye
    Oat
    fennel
    carrots
    radish
    turnip
    parsley
    mint
    cilantro

    I found some seeds for sale and thought they would be great to mix in for some variety.
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I have fed all that except rye, barley grass, fennel, turnip, and cilantro with no ill effects as my chickens were let into my garden.

    I would stay away from the rye.
    http://www.usask.ca/agriculture/plantsci/winter_cereals/winter_rye/feedgrain.php

    http://www.ca.uky.edu/smallflocks/Feed_ingredients/Grains.html

    Barley- it is fine unless you give too much barley grain in the feed. I feed barley grain in small quantities. I know you are referring to the grass itself. I have grown oats and wheat (and millet) and let the chickens in after maturity...no problems.

    I think you should grow all that and let it mature...then give it to your chickens!!

    I have millet plants right now in the run...they don't really like to eat them and much prefer CLOVER (the number one favorite green treat for my chickens ever!)
     
  3. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm I don't have room to really let it grow to mature, just wanted some variety to mix in.
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I would go ahead and plant whatever you desire for them! They will be sure to enjoy some variety - just stay away from the nightshade family and your plan sounds great IMO!

    I couldn't resist giving you a link to these salvaged containers though...I think they are picturesque and I have just last year gotten into growing lettuce on our deck.
    http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles2/larsen86.html
     
  5. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those are adorable little herb boxes. I have a few 55 gallon barrels I was thinking of cutting in thirds and using them as mini raised garden beds.
     

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