My Top Twelve Plants to Grow for Chickens


This spring when you're planning your garden, why not plant some extra for your chickens? Planting from seed is extremely economical and a great way to reduce your feed bill a bit. Supplementing layer feed with a varied diet of healthy produce is beneficial to your flock. Here are my top twelve choices for garden plants our chickens love:


Berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries) - our chickens love all kinds of berries. Too expensive to buy, berry bushes are super easy to grow and will multiply quickly if you let them.

Broccoli - a nutrition powerhouse and wonderful spring and late fall cold crop.

Cucumbers - our chickens love cukes sliced in half or into rings. They eat the seeds, flesh and skins.

Garlic - great immune system booster with overall health benefits that can be added fresh minced into water fed free-choice. [read more here...]

Greens (Kale, Cabbage, Romaine, Collards) - super healthy and a flock favorite.

Herbs (various types of culinary herbs) -easy to grow, lots of health benefits [read more here...]

Melons (Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Honeydew) - great source of hydration especially in summer and like berries, too expensive to buy in a regular basis. Slice the melon in half and your chickens will eat the seeds, flesh and skin.

Nasturtium - seeds and flowers are a natural wormer [read more here...]

Peas - fun bite-sized treats for your flock.

Pumpkins - like nasturtium, seeds are a natural wormer. Your chickens will happily eat the seeds, flesh and rind. [read more here...]

Sweet Potatoes - unlike the white potato which can be toxic, sweet potatoes are perfectly safe for your chickens: leaves, vines, skins and flesh.

Sunflowers - seeds are a great protein source and favorite treat [read more here...]


So there you have it, a dozen suggestions of fruits, veggies and flowers to plant for your chickens this spring. Your chickens will thank you!



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14 comments:

  1. Do you give all of the above to the ducks also? And what about goats? Just wondering. Thanks!

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    1. Yes ducks too - no idea about goats but I understand they will eat pretty much everything...

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    2. Thanks! What kind of ducks do you have? I am considering getting ducks also.

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    3. Oh you so should! We love our ducks. We have Pekins, Saxonies, a Silver Appleyard and Magpies. Love them all.

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  2. Great list! My turkeys love kale...the chickens aren't so crazy about it. But they adore tomatoes!

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  3. We've had chickens less than a year and I just wanted to tell you I am learning so much from your blog. I love all the herbal stuff too. I ordered your book this morning!

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  4. I give my chickens garlic and have not noticed any garlic or off-taste in the eggs. They are just as delicious as always. In fact, ever since we started our own chicken flock a few years ago, I no longer am able to eat store bought eggs without getting a nauseous stomach. I've gotten that comment from other people I know who switched over to homegrown, free range hen eggs. You have a great blog, Lisa. It learns me a lot! : )

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    1. Thanks Jean! And I agree garlic does NOT taint the taste of the eggs. Not in the least bit.

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  6. Hi Lisa, I love your blog and wander around it all the time! Our girls are 8 wks. old; wondering at what age I can feed them the 12 top plants for chickens that you mention? Thanks for all of the fabulous info you supply your readers!

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  7. those seed packets look familiar ... hmmm ;)

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  8. Shaelynne FringerMay 31, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    DUCKS ARE NOOOO for any and all immune boosters. Ducks have a very strong immune system with no help. If you do give them boosters, it will make them sick. They can even die if given a lot. Garlic and broccoli are no no's for ducks. Goat yes, they can have everything listed here. Hope this help's. Even thought you did it a year ago. :D

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