POULTRY HEALTH: WINTER WONDER GRASS
Not only does wheatgrass provide highly nutrient seeds but it also supplies "fodder." For a few cents worth of wheat seeds and free trays from the local nursery, not only are we saving on feed for our hens but also we are boosting their egg production and overall health.
"15lbs of wheatgrass is equal in overall nutritional value to 350 lbs of ordinary garden vegetables" - Dr Charles R. Schnabel
Since our hens aren't free ranging, we bring the "pasture" to them. The grass gives our hens a much needed boost in winter time not to mention some exercise and fun as they peck and claw at the tray. In fact, our hens prefer kitchen scraps, wheatgrass and greens from the garden much more than they like the bagged pellets. For a city homesteader, that means savings!
In 1931, Dr Schnabel experimented by letting chickens eat wheatgrass. Did you know what happened? "Winter egg production rose from the average of 38% to an astonishing 94%"
Even better, that extra boost in nutrition that the chickens take in is transferred from their eggs to the humans that consume them. Happy and healthy hens means happy & healthy humans!
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