Ever since they were five weeks old, our chickens have had a “thing” for kale. As an experiment, I threw a couple kale leaves into their pen. After a few test pecks, the “girls” devoured the kale. This has become a daily ritual. In fact, a friend of ours coined a new phrase; “I’m on it, like chickens on kale”. (Catherine Dyer)
This season, I came up with the idea of planting a couple of containers with kale and “Purple Peacock”, a broccoli/kale hybrid. All I can say is that we have some happy chickens.
As you can see, it’s a good idea to have several containers of kale that you can rotate into service. It takes a couple of weeks for the plants to recover, but they do recover. Chickens do like a diverse menu. They are especially drawn to members of the brassica family (cabbage, broccoli, kale). Go ahead, spoil your chickens.
all the best,