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!
BECAUSE LIFE IS JUST BETTER WITH CHICKENS!
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