My chickens love full sized kernels of corn. If I have chicks I grind it up but other than that my "chicken feed" is whole oats, barley, corn, flax seed and roasted soybeans with a bit of mineral stuff added. I'd love to do more growing of chicken food myself but we're a bit limited on space and growing season. I'm considering setting up vermicompost so I can feed some of the worms to the chickens in winter when they're not free-ranging.
Leigh Tate wrote:Corn is the exception because it usually needs to be cracked to make it eating size for chickens.
William Bronson wrote:Interesting about squash seeds for worming.
I very recently read about using ground up squash seed to treat tapeworm in humans.
The source suggested following the seeds with a purgative herb.
That seems like a great place for redbuds. Some good shade too! I know the flowers are edible and delicious. I just now read elsewhere that the young seed pods are edible too. Apparently they're quite nutritious,
William Bronson wrote: My mom just gave me some eastern redbuds.
I think I'm going plant them just outside the chickens composting yard, so they can catch the nutrients and cycle them into chicken and people food.
Ellendra Nauriel wrote:Mine go crazy over cooked beans. Just soak and simmer as if you were making them for yourself, but don't add salt or other seasonings. I sometimes add zucchini, assorted grains, freezer-burned fruits or veggies, and anything pantry bugs have gotten into. It takes a while for the beans to cook, so I tend to make a huge batch and then freeze it in convenient size containers.
My chickens won't eat raw zucchini, and they're not too keen on cucumbers either. But they'll eat anything if it's cooked in with the beans.
Jen Fulkerson wrote:What I worry about is boredom. . . I do have a huge pile of weeds and dirt, and old wood chips I want my son to dump into the chicken yard. It's full of cockroaches, and other bugs they love, and I don't have to worry about all the weeds
Do the chickens pull up the roots and all so you have to keep reseeding it? Or do they only eat what is above the chicken wire? Either way I think I will try it.
Trace Oswald wrote: They also love autumn olive and seaberry bush berries. Any run I have in the future will have both planted in there. You have to fence around them until they are established, but after that, it's a free for all.