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The Best Room & Board for Your Backyard Chickens

By on May 10, 2012

Feed your chickens our Omega-3 Chicken Forage Blend (shown here growing in seed flats).

All chickens deserve dry, safe places to live. Offer them good grub too—and you’ll get yummy eggs full of Omega-3 fatty acids!

Give your backyard chickens the best room and board. Here at Peaceful Valley we have all the supplies you need to raise healthy chickens.

Backyard Chicken Videos

We have 3 videos for you on backyard chickens! Tricia raises chickens and covers the basics on what they need.

Guest stars in our videos this week are Jessi Bloom and Jayme Jenkins.

 

Jessi Bloom, author of Free-Range Chicken Gardens, tells the story of chickens as part of permaculture. Jessi is a permaculture designer who also keeps her own hens.

 

Jayme Jenkins blogs at Nest in Style—and built her own chicken coop. Click for Jayme’s tips on the coops that will be best for your back (and for the hens).

Omega-3 Chicken Forage Blend

We’re famous (in the poultry population) for our Omega-3 Chicken Forage Blend. Chickens love to cruise around and find their own tasty bites in the garden. This blend gives them choices, and sneaks in a lot of Omega-3 producing greenery for them.

Omega-3 fatty acids are an important component of a healthy diet. One way to get this substance in our food is to eat eggs from chickens raised on a diet that promotes the formation of Omega-3s right in the egg. University studies show significantly higher Omega-3s in eggs from hens who can forage in pasture instead of just eating an industrial diet. Our mix has the alfalfa, clover, and flax that increase Omega-3s in eggs.

Plant annually after danger of frost has passed.

Plant at 50 pounds per acre or 2-3 pounds per 1,000 sq. ft. Keep moist until germination and then water regularly, depending on your soil type. When the mix is 2-5” tall turn the chickens loose on the planted area until they have eaten the grasses about half way.

Or plant some in a 17” square flat for the chickens and let them chow it all down. Add soil, sow thickly, follow the growing instructions above, then place the flat in the chicken run.

Caution: Flax can form prussic acid when exposed to frost so do not graze horses on this mix.

Chicken Raising Supplies

We have galvanized chicken waterers and feeders for your feathered friends. Lots of good food too, like Organic Layer Chicken Pellets, and the specially digestible oyster shell that keeps calcium levels high (and egg binding away).

A chicken’s idea of a spa treatment is a dust bath. Mix food grade diatomaceous earth with your own dirt and make some hens happy.

Books About Backyard Chickens

Chickens are a hot topic and the chicken books are flying off the presses. We read all the new books and have our picks for the top of the pecking order.

You can’t go wrong with Jessi’s Free Range Chicken Gardens.

In a nesting mode? Check out the great coop designs and super-easy-to-follow building directions in the innovative Reinventing the Chicken Coop.

Here’s to healthy hens and healthy chicken keepers!

  Comments (6)

C

Greetings!
In your chicken video you said chickens eat everything but citrus. Mine love oranges and grapefruit. Is it okay to feed it to them? I was told never to feed citrus to pigs, but never heard anything about feeding citrus to chickens.
Thanks, Colleen

Posted by Colleen on May. 13, 2012 at 8:07:31 AM

Colleen, There are varying reasons for not feeding citrus to chickens from the easily proved (they manufacture their own Vitamin C) to the more speculative (can make the shells thin, leads to feather pulling, decreases laying).

Posted by GrowOrganic.com on Nov. 15, 2012 at 2:17:04 PM

P

We are going to try your omega-3 chicken forage later this spring for our chickens.  My question is, will it also be appropriate forage for ducks and geese?  If not what pasture seed mix do you suggest?

Thanks! 

Posted by Philenese on Mar. 02, 2013 at 9:51:06 AM

Philenese, We’ve seen a video of Pekin ducks gobbling up our Omega-3 Chicken Forage Blend. We expect that geese would enjoy it too. Plant this after the last frost in your area, and sow thickly.

Posted by GrowOrganic.com on Mar. 02, 2013 at 10:08:00 AM

A

I’m starting chicks in three days!  So much reading, so confusing.  For baby chicks, do I need it all?...chick feed, scratch, grit, vitamins, etc.  A simple list would be great.  Everyone just wants to sell me stuff.  Thanks.

Posted by Andy on Mar. 04, 2013 at 9:39:32 AM

Andy, This hatchery has reliable info about what you need to have on hand before the chicks arrive http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/chickcare.html Have fun with your new chicks!

Posted by GrowOrganic.com on Mar. 04, 2013 at 12:31:59 PM

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