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The best room and board for your backyard chickens

May 10, 2012 -
   
  The best room and board for your backyard chickens
Feed your chickens our Omega-3 Chicken Forage Blend to ramp up the Omega-3 in their eggs (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 COOPS

Who uses that coop anyway? The hens, of course, but you do too—and you want the coop height to be easy on your back when you’re gathering eggs, checking on your flock, and cleaning the coop.

We found small and large coops that work well for the chickens and for you!

These meet all the requirements for being secure, high off the ground, well-ventilated, designed with chicken roosting and laying needs in mind—and they’re cute!


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, or the comprehensive City Chicks and Living with Chickens.

In a nesting mode? Check out the great coop designs and super-easy-to-follow building directions in the brand-new Art of the Chicken Coop.

Here’s to healthy hens and healthy chicken keepers!


Categories: Pasture Seed, Irrigated Pasture Mixes, Raising Chickens, Backyard Chicken Coops and Feeders, Organic Animal Feed, Organic Chicken Feed, Urban Gardening & farming


Colleen Says:
May 13th, 2012 at 8:07 am

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

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Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Nov 15th, 2012 at 3:17 pm

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).

Philenese Says:
Mar 2nd, 2013 at 10:51 am

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! 

Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Mar 2nd, 2013 at 11:08 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.

Andy Says:
Mar 4th, 2013 at 10:39 am

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.

Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Mar 4th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

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!

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