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    Default Growing Grains for chicken feed

    Bit of a random question here (for a change).
    Does anyone grow their own Chicken food (apart from greens).

    As a guide - M@rri@ges' Royal Variety Mixed Corn Ingredients:
    Wheat, Cut Maize, Poultry Grit, Red Dari, Cut Peas, Black Sunflower and Flaked Carrot

    Basic Mixed Corn seems to be just Wheat and Maize.

    Has anyone tried growing the contents of a bag of Mixed corn? Would they germinate or have they been processed to stop germination?

    I also have millet seeds and amaranth and quinoa, though I'm not sure whether these can be eaten by chooks.

    Any thoughts please?



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    Is this one of your challenges VC ?

    I've often thought about it. A growing location has always been my stumbling block.
    I know the wheat germinates very well. My turkeys used to be very messy eaters, throwing food all over their house. That ended up in the compost after cleaning.

    I'm guessing it would all grow and need harvesting at different rates.

    I might try it if my girl have to be on lockdown. In part of their run. It should of grown enough by time they come back out. Then they can harvest there own when the time comes.

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    Well, it's a great idea, but I think it might go on my "Life's too short..." list. Sorry.
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    Well, SP, its a sort of Challenge, but only of interest to poultry keepers or maybe, those who want to grow bird seed?
    I've read that some people grow wheat grass in trays for their chooks so that they have fresh greens to eat, so, whatever stage its at, it seems to be chook fodder.
    I've never grown wheat so don't know anything about when to sow/harvest etc.
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    I'm going with my standard style of growing, winging it. Because I haven't got a clue.

    If my girls get locked up. I was going rake over a little bit of there run, chuck a very generous amount of there food around, rake it in then cover with fleece. To stop the wild birds eating it as much as keeping it a little warmer.
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    That's about the same level of planning as me, SP
    May do a viabiity test first - chuck a handful of seeds in a tray sort of test.
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    Let me know how you test goes. I've no intention of spending much time on it I'll never grow enough for my 19 girls. But it might make life a little more interesting form them if it works
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    I donít have chickens but bird seed grows under my bird feeders,last year I thought Iíd see if sunflowers would grow,I covered some with a bit of soil & they did grow but small flower heads,nice though,Iíve got a photo somewhere...theyíre the dark yellow flowers next to the compost bin,the pale yellow flowers next to that are dahlias near the patio & thereís pale yellow foxgloves next to the compost bin,that areas really shady. Photo from September

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