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Chicks love greens.


I spend a half hour every day picking alfalfa, clover and dandelions for the chicks. I’m wearing out my kitchen blender to chop it up.

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Alfalfa, Clover and Dandelion

 

They are now eating two full gallon pails of chopped greens per day along with 1 1/2 gallons of bagged feed. So their main diet right now is natural. That’s good for being only 2 weeks into the game.

 

Breakfast was Sunny Boy cereal…for the chicks. Hubby and I had oatmeal porridge.

 

As soon as this damp weather passes I hope to put them out in their pasture home. The wings are getting long which should provide protection for them from the elements. One more week of chopping and picking all this is going to drive me crazy. 

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Chick’s greens

 

 

 

 

 

 

See how they love it! They have the boughten food before them 24 – 7, but go coo-coo over this.

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20 Responses to “Chicks love greens.”

  1. Right there is where I would get a nice multitasker like a weedwhacker or law mower and get ‘er done in one fell swoop. The only thing missing would be the love. Snerk!

    • sherry says:

      Hey!!! You just figured out what I discovered yesterday. I got a pail and a long stick to prop the pail on. Then between pushing the pail out with the stick and holding onto the handle while mowing the clover…I filled the pail and they got a lesser version of the same thing. After they were done with what they wanted, I pulled the grass out onto the floor for bedding. The trough it much longer. They are growing fast and eating a pile. Good thing I figured out a way to get more green stuff the easy way. I hope it warms up soon so I can put them in the outside pen.
      “Necessity is the mother of invention”

  2. Naomi says:

    I was going to suggest a lawn mower. We must think alike.
    In a few weeks you will wish you had my dew worms, as well. :S
    Red Deer is thinking about allowing chickens in town. I secretly want some just so I can feed them all my dew worms. :D

    • sherry says:

      Tell me more about these dew worms. Why have them? What are they for? Red Deer is a CITY! That surprises me and makes me happy. As long as people compost the trash, what should they hurt. A Rooster might be annoying. You could put them in pasture pens on your lawn and save on gas. Seriously. Your grass would get very green too. Of course we think alike…that’s why you are here. Don’t be afraid to share your ideas.

  3. I could sooner sleep through a crowing rooster than a barking dog. There is surgery to de-crow a rooster. It is expensive, not always effective, and may have a high mortality rate. Naomi, maybe you could make a good business out of training roosters not to crow and then selling them for a premium!

  4. Naomi says:

    I am afraid that my efforts would not end well for the rooster.

  5. Naomi says:

    ORRRR… You could get a different rooster. They are not all created equal.

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