Garden Ideas for feeding chickens and pigs

mswiggi(5)February 5, 2013

I'm hoping to plant a good sized garden this year and wondering if anyone has any suggestions for what I should plant to supplement a couple of pigs and hens diets.

I know I've seen a "forage mix" seed blend for chickens....can't remember who was selling it, anyone have any experience with it?

Thanks!

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greenthumbzdude

instead of a garden I would look into black soldier fly larvae....they are easy to raise as they feed off your garbage...chickens go nuts over them. Also I have found that chickens are very fond of mulberries...the everbearing varieties produce incredible amounts.

For pigs I would get some mass producing oaks and chestnuts.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 8:50AM
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zzackey(8b GA)

Our Rhode Island Reds love collards, any bitter greens, arugula, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cabbage, strawberries. They really love grapes and chick weeds! Any weeds. Crickets. Any bugs you can catch.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 5:37PM
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shining

Dandelions! Our chickens are just happy with all of the garden scraps, weeds and veggie compost we make. Nothing specific needed.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 9:50AM
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digit(ID/WA)

Posted by mswiggi 5 (My Page) on
Tue, Feb 5, 13 at 19:32 . . . I know I've seen a "forage mix" seed blend for chickens....can't remember who was selling it, anyone have any experience with it?

I have no experience with them but you may be thinking of either
Peaceful Valley Farm Supply (click) or,

Sandhill Preservation Chicken Treats (click) (scroll about half way down the page)

Steve

    Bookmark   March 2, 2013 at 9:47PM
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Kathy547(z8 AR)

I was a manager at a thrift store bakery until Hostess Brands shut down & we sold out of date bread as hog feed. Just never know if its available. Also, before planting & then when the garden is done for the season, first let the chickens & then the pigs have free rein. The chickens will get the bugs & weed seeds & the pigs will help 'plow' your garden & get whatever the chickens leave.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2013 at 4:08PM
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bigamie(z5 IL)

mypetchicken.com is selling a packet of seeds to feed hens

Here is a link that might be useful: mypetchicken

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 4:44PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

My chickens love bread, even semi-burnt toast. I just read they like mint plants.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2013 at 3:41PM
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jimmygfarm

mangel beets for winter production

    Bookmark   August 2, 2013 at 10:35PM
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