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PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2020 8:19 pm 
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Dapper Duck
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Looking for an "easy to grow" green feed for my hens.

Have spinach seeds in, but as they are in the area the hens free range it's hard to grow them before picked to death.

Want a quick growing, nutritional food for them. If it can grow in a pot even better.

Cheers in advance for the help [emoji106]

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:08 pm 
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I think Silver Beet is one of the easiest and quickest to grow and you just take leaves off for them as you want. It might be getting a bit cool for it to grow well at the moment. I have also grown wheat to several inches tall in trays and given them a tray every few days.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:02 pm 
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Some of the mail order seed companies sell mixes especially for chooks. I started with that and now use a blend of plantain, wheat, silverbeet, burdock and oats that i mix myself. This is also dependent on what is available. I get these from a feed store.
I have a few scratch yards, so only let them into one yard at a time while the others regenerate. Ive seen people put reinforcing mesh over areas to stop them scratching everything up. I dont know how successful this is.
Let us know how it goes!


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 Post subject: Re: Easy feed to grow
PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:02 am 
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Cheers folks.

I'll be growing a heap of silverbeet I think. Don't have the space for extra beds specifically for them to scratch around in, so a part of the vege patch and several pots will be used for the silverbeet

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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2020 8:48 am 
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Hi. I'm new here. I've recently seen a two foot by three foot box about one floorboard high with no bottom being used to grow scratch. Seed straight into soil and a mesh from tipshop cover fixed so the hen's can't get in to the soil. The seeds sprout and grow through the mesh allowing the chooks to eat without destroying the plants.
I have just se one up. Testing phase.


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