You can feed lemon balm fresh as a chicken treat or dry it to use it in the nest boxes, sprinkled on the feed, or as a toy. You’ll start to notice the progression of your piles. The chickens feed on the compost biota (not the compost itself) and food scrap ingredients for a complete food source.You’ll need plenty of material for making compost on site. Carrot Greens. The managers allow anyone to collect it as long as they clean up after themselves.These can be had for free with almost any business that receives shipments on pallets. Here’s a picture of us turning a pile. Dandelion, lamb’s quarter, stinging nettle, burdock, and yellow dock are some of the many weeds that can creatively feed you and your flock.The garden doesn’t just have to be food for you; it can sustain your flock as well.Wild seeds and fruits can serve the “grain” needs of your chickens better than store bought grain.Gather wild seed or fruits (like berries) and plant to share the bounty with your birds.Every summer we could easily harvest gallons upon gallons of wild autumn berries, blackberries, and wineberries.It’s relatively easy to plant grain crops yourself if you select varieties like dent corn, sunflowers, sorghum or Amaranth.

In this post we're going to talk about the layers in a chicken garden. Planting a variety of herbs, shrubs and trees provides food for your chickens and therefore is a great step for a holistic, permaculture homestead. My chickens need about 1/3 pound of feed a day. Creative Feed #2: Animal Carcasses. By layers I mean growing plants of varying heights. In that case, find it and transplant it to where you want it.Collect the mature seed heads and drop them anywhere you want nettles to grow.If you don’t already have the plant, you can easily buy the seeds.As you can see, comfrey and nettle are two great resources for the homestead.Be sure to stay on top of your management to keep them at bay.Even if you don’t need all of it’s natural bounty during the growing season for feed, you could certainly use it in the compost pile, or even cut it and dry it out for hay!Whether it be killed predators or fresh road kill, this can be a creative means of providing high-quality protein to your birds in one of two ways:Just be sure to use fresh carcasses to help prevent.Cover crops are plants used to prevent soil erosion, add nitrogen to the soil, improve/maintain soil quality, hold moisture, prevent weeds and repel pests and diseases.Cover crops are a great garden strategy for the soil they can be food for our chickens as well.What we’ve come to understand as “weeds” can also be a surprisingly good food, and even a medicinal for both humans and chickens. Consider high-yield and easy-to-maintain trees like the persimmon, mulberry, paw paw and of course all your favorite apples, pears, peaches, bananas, etc. Flip the 3 remaining piles. If it’s not getting hot enough within 24 hours it’s probably not wet enough and/or you have too much carbon brown material and need to mix in some more green material when you turn the pile next week.Fill the bin with your compost material, being sure to mix and water along the way. This cost me $800 and would only last 3 months. That was the fall of 2013 and it ended up being the last time I ever bought commercial feed for my flock.In this article I’ll talk about how I weaned myself from commercial chicken feed and replaced it with free compost and kitchen scraps! * Learn all about chicken feed, housing and equipment * Determine how to identify and treat common ailments. I suggest starting small, then implementing as many of these as possible to create lots of redundancy in your operation.If you liked this article, you’ll love my most popular Youtube video:How I feed my 30 Chickens on $12.25 a day:A Mobile Chicken Coop One Person Can (Easily) Move,How to Feed Your Chickens Without Grain – 20 Ways to Cut Your Costs 100%,Chicken Power: 8 Strategies for Putting Your Flock to Work,Chicken Coops That Work: 5 Brilliant Ways. Think small operations and and always ask permission.