Win a copy of The Tourist Trail this week in the Writing forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • r ranson
  • Anne Miller
  • paul wheaton
stewards:
  • Joseph Lofthouse
  • Jocelyn Campbell
  • Mike Jay
garden masters:
  • Steve Thorn
  • Dave Burton
  • Joylynn Hardesty
gardeners:
  • Carla Burke
  • Pearl Sutton
  • Greg Martin

Ferns in chicken pastures

 
                                    
Posts: 27
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Will chickens eat ferns? Where we are putting our coops/pastures, the ground is covered in ferns. I'm not sure what type of fern, I'm still learning how to identify everything on our land. Maybe sword fern? Anyway, our chicks are only 2 weeks old right now, so I'm wondering if I should just leave the ferns be, or try and pull some up and plant some better fodder crops so they have a chance to establish before the chickens end up in their coop. Or I could just throw some seed around and hope something is able to grow with all those ferns there, but that seems like a bit of a waste of seed potentially.

The area is very wet, but the rainy season is ending soon(ish) and we plan to perhaps put in a pond and redirect the water so it's more useful. That won't happen until later this year or maybe next year though. We have a lot of projects on the go here already.
 
Posts: 1206
Location: Alaska
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
If the ferns are growing there right now I'll bet that not much useful will grow there until you improve the fertility and drainage. The chickens will probably destroy the ferns but I suspect that they will not eat much of them. They will fertilize for you though, so that's nice. Dig your pond, then maybe plant some inexpensive annual rye or something for the chickens to eat while you figure out what will grow on a more long term basis.
 
There's a way to do it better - find it. -Edison. A better tiny ad:
177 hours of video: the 2017 Permaculture Design Course and Appropriate Technology Course
https://permies.com/wiki/65386/hours-video-Permaculture-Design-Technology
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!