Gardening For Your Girls - Plants That Your Chickens Love

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

01 September 2014

Giving your chickens fresh veggies as part of their diet is incredibly good for them. If you’ve got a green thumb and want to plant a little patch for your girls to feast on, then why not incorporate some of these goodies.

Garden Requirements:

If you are going to section off a nice little veggie patch for your girls, it’s best to ensure there’s a wire mesh fence around it, unless they’re in a run. In fact, it’s a great idea to separate each different section of the veggie patch into quarters, so the chickens rotate around and get the goodness from everything, instead of gobbling up just one kind of the tasty morsel.

Leafy Greens

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Incorporating leafy greens into your chicken’s diet is one of the best things you can do for it! Spring time is perfect season to quickly grow some green veggies - why not try some of these.

  • Lettuce, spinach, kale, cabbage

These plants can grow in slightly cooler temperatures, so you can start growing them before Spring is in its peek. When the weather is warm, the plants will grow very quickly. Whether they’re feasting on the leaves or pecking on the leftover seeds on the ground - your chickens will eat their greens more than your children will!

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  • Pumpkin and Squash

Yummo! Your chickens looove pumpkin and squash. The great thing about these veggies is that they keep for a long time - probably not something you’ll have to worry about, your chickens will have gobbled them up by then!

With pumpkin, just plant a few seedlings - once they’ve grown to around 6 inches tall, pull out all but the strongest. You’ll certainly have no shortage of pumpkins with just one or two plants. You can even feed your chickens the plants that didn’t make the cut.

Plant squash seeds into warmed soil (once the winter frosts have passed)

Grains

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Giving your chickens a little grain boost will keep them fighting fit, and make their yolks golden and healthy.

  • Wheat, rye, barley

Grains are great for your chicken’s health - grains are packed with juicy vitamins. Sow them into the ground and let them grow to around 4 inches in height, then snip the little bits off the top and scatter them around for your girls to forage and peck at. One great perk of grains is that they’ll make your chickens egg yolk a vibrant yellow!

Sprouts

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Sprouts are a wonderful, chewy treats for your chickens that are packed full of vitamins. Grow them until they’re around 4 inches long, then scatter them about for your chickens to enjoy.

You can really get creative with the way you grow sprouts - that’s the beauty of them! Jars are always a great choice, glass containers...even sponges have been known to work.

Spring is the perfect time to start indulging that green thumb of yours - after the winter you’ve had, you must be chomping at the bit to start digging and planting!  Why not spend a little time planting your chickens their own little slice of veggie patch heaven - their health will thank you for it.

Many gardeners buy coops for their chickens that have a run attached, which they love to landscape and grow veggies in. This gives your chickens something to peck at, keeping them amused and well fed - whilst also giving them all the diet goodness that they need.

The Taj Mahal and Penthouse coops both come with nice big runs for your chickens to stretch their wings - a run for the Mansion can also be bought separately.

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