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Growing feed for chickens (10 messages)
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Is there anyone out there that is raising feed for their chickens? I live in NH and have ordered: millet, grain sorghum, amarnth, sunflowers and dent corn. These, along with squash,etc. from my garden, will supplement the feed I get from the feed store. Anyone have any other suggestions?
3/21/2013 9:29 AM report abuse

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New to chickens. Getting first chicks the end of May. Any advice appreciated. Will need chicken sitter to look in on kids, most weekends.
great question......would like to hear replies to this!
5/5/2013 12:40 PM report abuse
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they love anything fresh --- you can plant an extra row of most vegetables for the chickens --- sometimes they do better if you cook (or slightly cook some things like beets) - I think it kind of depends on the chicken - -we had some that ate the chives -- and some that would not etc... they love barley, and oats sprouted too -- and any of the bird feed you can grow and give them fresh
Post edited by TINAC 5/5/2013 1:42 PM
5/5/2013 1:42 PM report abuse
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We grind our own home raised corn and oats to feed to our chickens. Add in some soybean meal and chicken mineral and we're good to go. Much better than the stuff from the feed store. Plus we feed them the table scraps and other stuff from the garden.

I'd like to give them my wife's entire crop of zucchini, but that's a whole nother story.
Post edited by TimR 5/5/2013 9:48 PM
5/5/2013 9:46 PM report abuse
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I toss leftover salad out for by Barred Rocks, they never seem to touch it. but they always make an attempt to get in my garden when I'm in there.
7/11/2014 6:11 AM report abuse
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Try growing barley fodder very easy and fast. Look it up you can grow it in the house all year long.
9/9/2014 6:17 AM report abuse
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We started sprouting barley last winter. The birds love it!
9/9/2014 6:26 AM report abuse
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I've had chickens most of my life worked on farms growing up haul stuff for local farmers now raise my own garden let my chickens run loose when I'm home they don't hardly bother garden occasionally pluck a leaf or two they will eat some of what I give them in pen along with feed but they rather have bugs my local supply store has flock blocks which they like
9/2/2017 5:46 AM report abuse

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I don't specifically grown them feed for their feed bin, but I do put something in the garden for them. My coop is right next to my garden and both are fenced, so I let them in to scratch out all the bugs in early spring when the snow melts, then again after harvest in the fall. In the past I have grown them a big patch of Lacinato kale. They love it, and the stems are sturdy so they can hide among them as well. It also attracts cabbage moth larva. Since it's for the birds, I don't care, and it does seem to reduce the number of larva on my other plants.

I grew buckwheat as a cover crop last year, and after we cut it down then hens found lots of seeds to pick up. The seeds don't overwinter all that well here, so I let it flower and go to seed. The native pollinators loved it. The bloom overlapped with alfalfa, so the honey bees were only intermittently interested in the buckwheat.
1/31/2018 9:27 AM report abuse
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