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Any suggestions for easily grown chicken feed that can be stored for winter?

 
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MY wife recently wanted us to get back into poultry, but feed prices exploded. What are y'all using for feed alternatives?
 
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O would say corn, but I actually have a hard time growing it.
I find winter squash easy to grow and sunflowers are often cited as a easy to grow feed.
 
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Barley, wheat, and other grains.

You also might consider sprouted or fermented grains.

Maggots or soldier flies.

Here are some threads that might be of interest to you or others:

https://permies.com/t/178017/Saving-money-chicken-feed

https://permies.com/t/178499/alternative-feeds-chickens

https://permies.com/t/43491/Growing-chicken-feed

 
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If you can build your own compost from manure, food waste, and mulch, the chickens will thrive off of this, supplemented with a little hay and a mineral supplement.

The end result will be an even richer compost you can sell for potting soil or use in the garden, and you would have no feed bill.
 
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The chickens would basically be living and feeding on your finished compost pile, which you would add to every day, while mixing fresh material in a separate pile to start decomposition.
 
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The raw materials for this project can usually be sourced for free with a little networking, and this can be done on a small or large scale.
 
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Millet, beans, sunflowers, and squash are the main ones I'm focusing on. I'm debating whether to dry some green leafy stuff for them, or grow fresh all winter in the form of sprouts.

What I'd really love is to have a walking stick kale growing as a potted plant inside the house. But I'm pretty sure my cats would have other ideas about how such a plant should be used.
 
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My buddy dries nettles for their winter feed. It grows wild.
Maybe lambsquarters would help with protein.
I know my chickens like ragweed seeds.
 
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Sunchokes are handy because you harvest them in the winter. Just dig what you need to feed each day (or week). Lots of nutrition and they enjoy having something to peck at.
 
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If you can grow the Giant Sunflower varieties you get a lot of seed for very little effort and space
 
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In an hour, I can harvest enough wheat, rye, or barley to feed 20 chickens for a week.
 
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