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Oilseed radish as a winter vegetable for chickens

Chickens with oilseed radishes

The woods are now solid brown and gray, so I thought it would be nice to give our free-ranging flock a winter pick-me-up.  Okay, I'll be honest --- a chicken broke into the oilseed radish pasture, so I figured everyone should get a shot at it. 

Chickens eating oilseed radishesThe cover crop grew slowly during the summer due to partial tree cover, but the same trees seem to have mitigated winter's cold, so the radishes are still vibrantly green while the ones in my garden are dying or dead.  Our rooster and hens were quite happy to chow down on the radish leaves, just like our last round of broilers were this fall.

With the whole world (except the garden) open to them, our flock has been spending perhaps a third of its time enjoying vegetables in the radish pasture and two thirds of its time hunting invertebrates in the woods.  Sounds like a well-rounded chicken diet.

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