In my quest to become more self sustainable, feeding my hens is an area I'd like to improve on instead of relying on bagged feed. Mammoth sunflowers are something that I grow every year and then leave the heads for the wild birds. While I do like the wild birds, my hens were first in line this year to receive the sunflower bounty.
|Sunflowers drying on the nesting rack.|
The heads were collected and tied together in bunches to be dried in the hen house. I hung them from the ceiling and on the tiered rack above. The metal rack is one I picked up a tag sale a few years back for $1. It's filled with hay and the hens use it instead of the laying boxes - it's fancier - that's why they like it better.
The sunflower harvest was impressive this year. I thought they'd last for quite a while to have a daily treat. Plans for next year are to double the amount of sunflowers.
|Rosie-Posie pecking the seeds off the ground.|
Most mornings, I scrape the seeds out of a sunflower head or two on to the ground and let the girls scratch them out of the hay.
|Rosie-Posie and Butternut.|
Little did I know, someone was helping herself! This little lady below has a bad leg after surviving being attached by dogs last winter. She limps around most of the time. Who knew she could still jump so high? So much for the sunflowers lasting the winter!
|Rosie-Posie helping herself.|
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