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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 11:06 am 
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I am starting my first Vegie/Herb/Fruit garden.

I know chooks eat almost everything.. Well mine do anyway... I am going to have a section especially for the Chooks and Guinea's....

So is there anything specific I can plant for my chooks that will be of real benefit to their heath and well-being.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 11:14 am 
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Green Harvest sells a mix called Clucka Tucker. I used it last year, and am about to plant some more out for them. It grows quite quickly, but not as quickly as they decimate it afterwards :D

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 11:23 am 
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I grow lucerne, chicory and chick weed for the chooks. The first two are perennial crops that go a bit dormant in winter but that come up again in spring. The chick weed self-seeds and is a great green crop through the cooler months. The chooks love it! I tend to grow these crops in veggie beds and then pick the greens for the birds. The birds don't have free access to the greens.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 2:21 pm 
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Rocket (Wild Roquette). Great for my salads, grows like a weed and self seeds. Once it flowers, leave a few plants to go to seed then feed the whole plant to the chickens. They eat the flowers too.
Wormwood- natural worm deterrent, if the chickens will eat it. Lavender and Pyrethrum - throw prunnings in nest boxes. So nice to have a hen house that smells of Lavender.
Comphrey, Nasturtium and Parsley are beneficial to health.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 10:32 pm 
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Judging by the way my chooks got in to a highly fenced patch yesterday (they must have flown in like helicopters because it is tiny with only a little entry triangle at the top) and decimated my silver beet, that would be a tasty treat for them :-)
Enjoy making your garden and planting lots of tasty treats for yourself as well!


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 10:38 pm 
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Silverbeet is definitely a favourite for summer time.

I grow Minzura (broccoli family, but like lettuce taste), for mine over winter. And yes they love chick weed, but it only grows over the cooler months.

Sorrel is also liked in summer, and it is a perennial.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:45 am 
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heike1a2b3c wrote:
Silverbeet is definitely a favourite for summer time.

i am glad they like silverbeet cause i bought a punnet of rainbow chard(same thing) and planted it all. the humans will not eat that much. :grin:

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 12:44 am 
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You could see if your local plant shop has any seedlings going cheap. I have just planted out some broccoli. It's late in the season here for it and it will bolt but the chooks love it when I throw a plant in for them.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 9:57 am 
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All of the above plus:
kale
sunflowers
comfrey
and anything with a high water content for the summer months:
cucumber
watermelon
berries
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