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Posted 3/11/2013 11:43:01 AM
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I have been told the oats are a cheap and easy food source for chickens. I plan to plant at end of March. I will let the chickens (30) free range it early May. When it matures I will cut it with a bush hog and let it lay so they can eat it. Any advice or comments? Derby, Ks just south of Wichita, Ks
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Posted 3/11/2013 3:20:33 PM
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If you are growing the plants for a food source they eat right away go with lettuce or Swiss Chard. The chard will grow all summer long and just harvest the outer leaves. I'm going by what my chickens go for in my garden when they sneak in.
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Posted 8/15/2013 3:57:34 PM
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Fruit (not citrus and remove pits/seeds), roses, and nasturtiums come to mind.
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Our chickens eat just about anything! They love grass and I keep piles of leaves from the fall to dole out in the summer to give them something to peck through.

M. and D.
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Posted 11/4/2013 9:38:37 AM
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I'm going to grow corn, sunflowers, nasturtiums, and millet for them to eat and give the the finer compost (no twigs or branches), as well as mealworms and random non-toxic seeds.

They should be fine with some grain or seeds and year-round bugs.

If you're going for utility, rather than food, get some shrubs that aren't poisonous, but are hardy for them to hide under from predators and a tree to climb (they like to climb and should feel safe).

If you want to spoil them, give them a blueberry bush. If you want to ward off predators, rosemary, elderberry, lavender and peppers with fragrant roots help (they might eat the peppers as birds can't taste the hot).

They also like jack-o-lanterns that aren't rotten and melons in the summer.
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Posted 1/6/2014 9:37:16 PM
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Comfrey is an excellent perennial crop for your birds. Established merigolds are also a great supply crop for them.
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Posted 1/7/2014 7:06:50 AM
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clover

mustard greens

you pick the beans for your family, weedeat an inch or so from the ground (give that to chickens) and see if you can get another crop for your family

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