I want to start a paddock shift system in Nashville in order to potentially eliminate the need to buy chickenfeed. I have a black soldier fly box to offer as feed as well. So, what seed/plants should I put out in the paddocks for the chickens to get the nutrition that they won't get from BSFL and other naturally occuring insects?
I've had a thought about planting Maximillian Sunflower plants to provide seeds for them. I too am looking for pasture plants for my birds. They seem to particularly love brassica plants. If there are perennial brassica's that might be worth looking into planting.
This is a very interesting question, here is a general pasture plantlist. I look forward to hearing what others recommend for a more chicken pasture list.
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Nathan Hale wrote:I have noticed that my young pullets really like dandelion leaves, which is awesome, because I've heard they have good nutrient content. I haven't noticed if my older hens eat it or not.
My egg birds are about 7 months old now. I am doing pasture rotation with them. When I move them on to new pasture they go straight to the dandelion leaves first.
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Sunflower is great if you need to save feed for the winter. You can cut the whole head and dry it without any further processing. Give a dry sunflower head to the chickens any time and they will do the rest.
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