This year I tried an experiment with growing some of my own things for chicken feed. I planted a forage crop "patch" which the chickens very quickly forage down to nothing! I was hoping that is would have lasted longer,my chickens have a large area to forage in so it was not like that patch was all the green they had! The seed crops samples have done great.I planted Giant sunflowers,amaranth,which is not blooming yet,sorghum and some black oil sunflowers. All of these are doing well!
To give you some idea of the humidity here,this is the first picture I tried to take! The lens steamed up!
The chickens also love to spend time in these tall shady plants! Eating the lower leaves and picking bugs...yumm chickie heaven! Actually the real chickie heaven is my crock pot but shhhh...they don't know that!
Here is one of the little bannie mommas with some new babies.
Her twin hid and hatched her own eggs,I always sit them on big chicken eggs,and hatched out 4 tiny little babies! One,the little reddish brown one, got confused and went with her "Auntie" and her chicks
and 2, sadly, disappeared....so she was left with just one tiny black chick.This is a blurry picture. Hey, it is not easy to hold a fussy, tiny chick and have it's momma ready to attack you and take a picture all at the same time!
So, back to my chicken feed crops. Since all my samples did well I will be planting a big section of the chicken pasture next spring with these plants! Not only will I save money on feed but I will have no doubt that what is going in my chickens and eventually on my table, will be organic and chemical free!