WE Also Learn THAT CHICKENS are prey and delicate creatures, and while this is entirely real, this is also where the power comes into play as a natural chicken keeper.
Giving them natural means to keep themselves balanced is the perfect way to grow a healthy flock. This entails supplying them with a healthy diet and free selection of herbs and vitamins, doing regular inspections and barn tests, and planning the cabinet of livestock medication in advance.
In order to sustain a holistic herd, avoiding infections, sickness, heat exhaustion, frostbite, and injury are crucial. Of course, sometimes inside your control, you can do something normal and things will always go wrong. We’ll talk about everything you need to know when it comes to growing a safe flock in this segment. This segment is full of herbal knowledge and nutritious chicken tips, from cooking your own meal to developing your own tinctures and herbal remedies.
DIET and Eat
When we got our flock well under way for the first time, I recall always reaching out to an old-time local chicken keeper. “I think every few hours I blow up her text messages asking her, “Is this normal? “Is this the best nourishment?” “Will I be doing this?” ”
Bless her heart, she never turned me away once, even though at times I could hear the fatigue in her voice. Any question I had, she always replied politely, and if she didn’t know the solution, she’d steer me in the right direction, somehow.
She was a typical (in the commercial sense) keeper of poultry and knew her chickens well. But gradually I found myself slipping more and further away from the conventional ways of chicken keeping and yearned for something “back to the ground” a little bit more.
I began to feel a bit more natural in my approaches when I progressed as a chicken keeper. Pasture raising my chickens, for example, became highly important to me as did feeding herbs to them. But then I find stuff like diatomaceous earth, a natural product made up of small aquatic creatures called diatoms that help with parasites and the digestive tract, and for our chicken waterers, I have started making my own water infusions and herbal decoctions.
Maintaining a safe flock, of course, is not as difficult as one would imagine. You will provide one of the healthiest flocks around by giving them a balanced diet, spices, and many other supplement and feed choices.
What You Can’t Feed Chickens
Although chickens will eat a lot of stuff, let’s mention a few items they shouldn’t eat: green potatoes or peels, rhubarb, avocado pits and skin (we’ll focus on this later), black nightshade (Solanum nigrum), dried beans (sprouted beans are fine), oleander (Nerium oleander), poison hemlock, pokeberry (also known as pokeweed), junk food (candy, cookies, unhealthy restaurant leftovers), and moldy food.
Different Forms to Feed Chickens
I know that for this one, I will have the chicken police after me but contrary to common, commercialized belief. You don’t have to feed just one sheet of ration to your poultry. But if you want to do so, make sure that a non-GMO or organic feed of at least 15 percent protein is chosen.
I really want to search for layer feeds specified first in the ingredients on the back of the box that include vegetables and whole grains. Luckily, our local farm co-op mills their own non-GMO chicken feed, which our chickens greatly love. (Remember, the ingredients on packets list the main ingredient first and then descend from there.)
You can still buy commercial brands, and while I might spend time listing some of our favourites, a few years from now, these brands may not be in production anymore. So I’m just going to tell you to find a nice, wholesome feed brand that works for you and your flock for this cause, and then start applying other methods in this segment. If you want a layer ration to feed at all.
You can feed your chickens in a few different ways, and you can incorporate them with the layer ration, or you can pursue a completely permaculture system where you feed your chickens exclusively from raw feed and pasture. The landrace breeds we described in Chapter 2 are not to be forgotten. These breeds survived decades by forging wild food by doing what chickens do best, p= m.