How To Grow Organic Chicken Feed

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Oh yes, we love absolutely keeping chickens on our homestead. They are usually not difficult to maintain, as we keep them in their diy wood pallet chicken coop most of the time and sometimes allow them to free range in in their diy pvc chicken tractor. I have grown a chicken salad bar in the past, so next on the list was to try actually growing some organic chicken feed.

Of course, you could simply mix the dry ingredients and make your own homemade organic chicken feed. However, there are many advantages to actually growing it in your garden. For instance, seeds you can often get for a few bucks or even free, but when you plant them in your garden you get plenty of produce for your family and your girls too! 

How To Grow Organic Chicken Feed
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Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • lettuce seeds
  • buckwheat seeds
  • radish seeds
  • cabbage seeds
  • beetroot seeds
  • sunflower seeds
  • amaranth seeds
  • kale seeds
  • tomato seeds
  • comfrey seeds
  • watermelon seeds
  • purslane seeds
  • spinach seeds
  • bok choy seeds
  • swiss chard seeds
  • organic fertilizer
  • compost
  • manure

The trick is to grow as many of these in your home garden as you can, and then you share any extras or leftovers with your girls. As far as the greens are concerned, they enjoy lettuce, radish, kale, comfrey, spinach, purslane, beet tops, bok choy and swiss chard. Cabbage heads can be made into pinatas and thrown in to provide them with food and hours of entertainment.

Then let us look at the seed section were you can grow things like sunflowers and toss the heads into your coop. Buckwheat and amaranth will provide both greens and seeds. Whilst tomatoes and watermelons they seem to enjoy the fleshy fruit parts as well as the seeds. I have shared tips on how to grow most of these veggies already in previous post, simply click on the links above for more information on each one.

You can get more information on the Attainable Sustainable blog, here…

How To Grow Organic Chicken Feed

You can watch the video below on how to save on chicken feed…

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