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Chicken Forage

 
Chris Holcombe
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Location: Zone 8b Portland
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We have a run setup for our chickens and I've been adding tons of straw to it.  It's turning into a nice crumbly blackish soil.  Great!  Now the question becomes what high nutrient requirement forage can I grow in there for the chickens?  We have had squash sprout out of the soil and it has produced MASSIVE squashes.  I was thinking of fencing off a section, growing something in there and then allowing the chickens back in to enjoy their harvest.  Any ideas what I could grow in there?  We designed a small movable cage that we put the chickens out in during the day but they don't like to stay there very long.  Thanks for the help, I'm sure the chickens will appreciate it.  I'm in zone 7a around Philadelphia. 
 
Rob Sigg
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My chickens really seemed to like the flax and buckwheat I planted. Early in the season it functioned as a cover crop, after it went to seed I let the chickens in that area and they ate a good chunk of the seed and "mowed" over the stalks making a mat of brush.
 
Ivan Weiss
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Location: Vashon WA, near Seattle and Tacoma
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First thing I'd plant would be comfrey. My chickens can't get enough of it. Plant it in rich soil and you'll have it to feed to your chickens forever.
 
Guy De Pompignac
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ivan. wrote:
First thing I'd plant would be comfrey. My chickens can't get enough of it. Plant it in rich soil and you'll have it to feed to your chickens forever.



How do you feed comfrey to your chickens ?

thx
 
Ivan Weiss
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Pick a bucket full of leaves and throw it to them.
 
Guy De Pompignac
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Thanks. Sometimes i read that comfrey must be wilted before chicken eat it.

I've got two russian comfrey stocking b4 near the chicken house, and chickens ignore it (which is fine for now, i want my comfrey healthy to clone it)


Here is a cool article, but a lot a plant are of zone 9 ...

Upgrading the scavenging feed resource base (SFRB) for scavenging chickens; Part I. Preferred perennial species
 
I agree. Here's the link: https://richsoil.com/wood-heat.jsp
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