Gardening for Wildlife forum: Poultry - Sharing the harvest

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Name: Cathy Hill
Southwest Missouri (Zone 5b)
CatHill
Jan 12, 2014 12:10 PM CST
I'm guessing a few members here have poultry. I'd love to see some lists of safe things for them to munch as well as some flowers to plant that they will leave alone. I have chickens, turkeys,guineas and swans
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jan 12, 2014 3:03 PM CST
Warm welcome from the Pacific NW, CatHill. I am just back into the chicken business myself after about a 25 year hiatus. I've been doing some research on things to plant around the chicken yard, but have no first hand knowledge to pass on as yet. Here's my short list: they may leave alone wild roses, forsythia, daylily, daffs, mint, or lavender. Plants they would relish as snacks around the perimeter might include jeruselum artichokes, comfrey, sorrel, sunflowers, sweet cicely, and daylily. (Note the discrepency, on one hand I read daylillies would be left alone, and on the other that they would snack of them. So who knows...) I further understand that even with chicken wire, the hens will establish about a 6" perimeter outside their fenced yard where they poke their heads through.

I also toss them buckets of weeds which they like - they scratch through for bugs first and then either eat or toss around the rest. If I'm weeding an area heavy in buttercups I don't toss that to them, but I don't worry about small amounts.

It's my experience they will eat what they like and ignore what they don't. I don't get over-worried about potentially toxic plants. I've read that citrus is not good for them, but I have noticed my neighbor has not caught on to that and her chicken yard is full of those little Christmas orange peelings that her hens don't touch.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
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Gleni
Jan 12, 2014 11:39 PM CST
Welcome CatHill!!!! Welcome! Welcome!
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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Jan 13, 2014 7:26 PM CST

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When the feral chickens were here, they sometimes liked to rummage around in the compost pile. And they seemed to like purslane, which is nutritious. They would feed under the bird feeders often. Insects seemed to be popular with them.
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Jan 17, 2014 5:33 AM CST
Ours get the "weeds" pulled from the veggie garden. Some of their favorites are chickweed, alfalfa, clover, henbit, lambsquarters, and plantain. They'll eat a bit of dandelion and mustards, too, but not nearly as much as the others.

My birds do not care for agastache.

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Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Jan 17, 2014 10:10 AM CST
Chelle, you've just inspired me to plant red clover in my soon-to-be built rotation yards for my chickens. I have a big sack of it, it comes up quickly, and what a great treat for the birds.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Jan 17, 2014 12:46 PM CST
Millet would likely be a good choice, too. It gets taller, but it's as easy to grow as yard grass. I grew just a little bit last year, but I intend to sow all of my seed this year. Smiling I think it's neat, and the yard birds loved the seeds this winter.

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