paul wheaton wrote:
So far, at the top of my list is mulberry trees. They are perennial and they are heavy producers of feed all summer. And, they actually contain protein! They sound rather dreamy for chicken feed!
We've got mulberry trees everywhere around here, and they sure do produce.You mentione dblack locust, and they do well fixing nitrogen, just be careful where you plant as they are very fast growers given the right conditions.
Alfalfa is probably out for me because it is so damn picky about pH. And this might be worth a whole new thread: maybe there is an alfalfa that has been bred that likes acid soil?
I was going to mention the headaches with alfalfa, but it seems you've got it.
The grains you list are all annuals, aren't they? So the chickens would have to miss a few if they are gonna reseed?
I guess for annuals I'm kinda leaving them out for now. I figure if I screw it up, I can always try something else the following year. It's the perennials that are tricky. Surely there are some fantastic perennials for chicken feed that are as good as mulberry
I think clover could be a good one. As would good ole grass. The whole greens thing. I suppose a cover blossoms would make some decent food for chickens?
I would think some timothy would fit in well too.
Acorns .... hmmm ... I wonder if there might be an animal that could come through and pre-process the acorns for the chickens. Like a cow.
The deer may very well do that for you.
Leah Sattler wrote:
what kind of soil is this? it occured to me that nutsedge is an important wild food (when thinking about turkeys) I dont' see why chickens couldn't scratch up the tubers also. and that stuff is indestructable in the right conditions and edible for us too........