My Top Twelve Plants to Grow for Chickens

February 9, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

  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!

  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! : )

    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!

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

  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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