Free Chicken Food By Growing Perennial Plants
Free Chicken Food By Growing Perennial Plants that will regrow again and again to supplement and reduce your feed bill by at least 45 percent. The system of allowing your flock to dine on a variety of herbs, flowers, shrubs, grains, vegetables, fruits and even trees not only eliminates high chicken feed costs, but provides sustainable, higher-quality feed which results in delicious eggs.
Raising chickens as livestock can be a rather expensive proposition and finding ways to lower costs will help to make your homestead much much successful. One way is to use plants as your supplemental food for your chickens instead of grain. While chickens mainly feast on bugs, you can also supplement their diet with plants.
A perennial plant or simply perennial is a plant that lives more than two years (keeps growing back on their own). The term is often used to differentiate a plant from shorter-lived annuals and biennials. The term is also widely used to distinguish plants with little or no woody growth from trees and shrubs, which are also technically perennials.
Siberian Pea Shrub
Trees: Ash, Sassafras, Dogwood, Elm, Eucalyptus, Fig, Guava, Hawthorn, Hop Tree, Madrona, Magnolia, Manzanita, Palm, Papaya, Pine, Redbud and Citrus (all) May cause weak egg shells because it affects calcium absorption
Here are more Perennials:
Black Eyed Susan
Hens & Chicks
Grass (Do not use Round Up)
As a BONUS: (these chickens love these as well)
Herbs: Comfrey, Fennel, Thyme, Lavender, Nasturtium, Rosemary, Sage, Wormwood, Oregano, Chickweed, Dandelions and Nettles
Vegetables & Grains: Squash, Corn, Lettuce, Cucumbers, Watermelon, Amaranth, Plantain, Clover, Alfalfa, Sunflowers, Peas, Beans, & Legumes, Lentils, Squash, Rhubarb, Buckwheat, Asparagus and Garlic, Onions, Leeks (Alliums)
Fruit & Shrubs: Most Fruit Trees & Canes, Raspberries, Blueberries, Currants, Mulberries, Siberian Pea Shrub
Ground Cover: If you are looking for ground cover to use near chickens I would suggest White Clover. Clover is high in protein but can withstand traffic and stress very well.
Feeding them can be a bit expensive depending on the size of the flock. So, being able to reduce the amount of money you will need to spend on the supplemental food is so much better.
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