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Gardening For The Girls

| 2/6/2014 11:01:00 AM

Life on Itzy Bitzy FarmWith our new chicks arriving in early March, it is time to get their gardens ready. Yes, my Girls have their very own gardens. In September of 2013, I wrote and published my first eBook, "Gardening For The Girls." Growing supplemental feed for your flock is not only a great cost saver but it is a wonderful way to add healthy additional feed to your flocks diet, which benefits their health, and the nutritional value of the eggs they lay for us. 


I lost three hens in my first flock to poisonous plants while free ranging and so now my girls only have secured free ranging in their run or in chicken tunnels made out of fencing. Because this limits the greens available to them, I grow many forms of supplemental feed for the flock and offer it weekly. 


Always provide a healthy well balanced high quality poultry feed to your flock in order to provide them with the nutritional balance they need. Growing supplemental treats in the form of greens, vegetables, fruits, nuts and grains is not only of nutritional value but a great entertainment for the flock. Edible flowers and herbs are also wonderful additions to the flocks diet and their coop environment. 


4/7/2015 7:08:02 AM

Nice article! What were the plants that killed your chickens, and how did you figure that out? I've thought chickens have a large degree of nutritional wisdom…thanks

2/9/2014 7:45:13 AM

Susan, what a novel idea to grow fresh greens for the chicken flock. If we do it for ourselves why not for chickens. I'm not in a position to have any domesticated live stock but I do like to read about other's ideas about caring for them. Dad always had livestock but my urban dwelling kind of puts the kibosh on any thing other than the accepted pet store animals. My life style is such now that daily chores would not be a good fit. Sorry to hear about the demise of some of your chickens from poisonous plants. ***** Have a great homestead chicken raising day.

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