Lamb's Quarters (Fat Hen), Chickweed, Pursla
Lamb's Quarters (Fat Hen), Chickweed, Purslane, Amaranth, etc.
And don't forget your used up garden greens!
Our chickens do very well foraging and roaming about the farm's various ecosystems. They enjoy all sorts of diversity in insects and invertebrates, plants and greens, seeds, worms, and even amphibians that they find on their daily scratching and searching of the woods, fields, gardens, borders, and raparian areas of the property.
Although we feel confident that they can get a solidly diverse and health varied diet from their ranging about, we also want to cut back on feeding them commercial grains, even if those grains are organic and GMO-free. We want to keep a high ratio of foraging to grain in their diets throughout the year.
So we have been working on developing extra natural food sources for our birds. And thought we'd share our experiences and observations.