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Grow Your Own Chicken Feed

Posted 05/01/2015 1:46 pm by

Save money on feeding chickens by planting these garden crops to supplement their feed.

 

Not only does a chicken garden prevent last minute trips to the feed store to restock on lay crumbles, it allows you to lower your feed costs by growing some of what your girls eat, right there in your garden. Think about it. Say you can pick up a packet of seeds for $3 and that packet contains 30 seeds. That’s ten cents per seed. Depending on the crop, that ten-cent investment could net you many pounds of produce grown on site. Assuming you’ve got space to plant a little extra for your feathered friends, this makes so much sense.

Some crops to try:

  • Lettuce is a favorite for my girls, and it grows well here so I always see to have excess. It makes them happy.
  • If you’ve got more radish greens than you need for this recipe, the girls will happily help you eat the rest!
  • Sunflowers add a happy face to gardens all summer long. When they sunflower seeds themselves are mature, cut off the entire flower and let your chickens have at it. You can store extra flower heads in a cool, dry place to
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