While you’re tending to your organic garden, and reaping all the rewards that come from it, keep your chickens in mind. As you revel in homemade pesto from your fresh basil or a delicious pasta sauce from your homegrown tomatoes, remember that your chickens will also enjoy treats from your garden. Providing your flock with veggie remnants or odds and ends also cuts down on food waste (and maybe even buys you a little more love from your gals!)
There are some things to keep in mind with feeding your flock goodies from your garden. If given free rein, your chickens will devour pretty much any veggie that is put in front of them. Even though giving your flock scraps from your garden is healthy, you want to ensure they receive a well-rounded diet by providing a balanced feed as you normally would. Feed your chickens scraps in moderation so they do not fill up on greens and ignore their balanced meals.
Another thing to keep in mind is that some vegetables and scraps can be toxic to chickens, including onions, green or sprouting potatoes, and leaves from the nightshade family, such as tomato and potato plants. Do not feed your flock anything that is moldy – look closely before tossing those veggies and scraps out to your gals. The added benefit of growing an organic garden is that you don’t have to worry about your flock eating product that has been sprayed with pesticides!
Fresh, organic food for you and your family, plus treats for your flock — just another perk of growing our own food as you Grow with Us. If you want more pointers for how to take advantage of your garden as a way to add some variety to your flock’s diet, check out Fresh Egg Daily’s blog on Gardening with Chickens. While we’re at it, post a pic of your garden or fresh eggs from your flock on Instagram or Facebook with the tag #growwithscratchandpeck to be entered to win a copy of Gardening with Chickens: Plans and Plants for You and Your Hens by Lisa Steele of Fresh Eggs Daily. A winner will be chosen at random. Post your pic on Instagram or Facebook with #growwithscratchandpeck by Wednesday, April 25 for a chance to win!