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Broccoli as winter greens for chickens

Dying broccoli plants

Around the middle of January, I decided our broccoli plants weren't going to make anything else edible for humans.  The plants had served us well, providing a big head apiece and then lots of little side shoots for late fall suppers.  But now, nightly lows were getting cold enough to nip back any new side shoots before they could develop.

Tossing broccoli

I figured I might as well give the chickens whatever remained of the plants.  I've had chickens peck up broccoli leaves quite happily in the past, and if nothing else, the plants will add to the deep bedding in the coops.  I'd originally planned to cut the broccoli off at soil level, but that as much more difficult than yanking out the main root bundle with a twist and pull.  I even hunted down some nice clumps of chickweed for dessert.

Roosting chickens

My timing was good because it set in to rain soon thereafter, and then to snow.  Our flock didn't want to leave the coop, but the garden goodies gave them something to peck through during their spare time.

Our chicken waterer keeps drinking water clean even when the coop is congested.


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