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National Gardening Day (With Chickens)!

by | Apr 14, 2020 | Featured, Meyer Moment

Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about National Gardening Day, happening today, April 14th. We thought we would help you celebrate by sharing some plants you can start now for you and your chickens to enjoy. Gardening is a satisfying hobby but also a way of life for many. Did you know there are plants that have natural remedies to help your flock with their overall health? Green thumb or not, we’ve rounded up some easy to grow, enjoyable plants to get you started today. 

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Hey everyone! Welcome back to The Coop with Meyer Hatchery – where we talk all things poultry in hopes of inspiring crazy chicken keepers and educating future flock owners. Each week we like to take a Meyer Moment to cover relevant happenings. 

Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about National Gardening Day, happening today, April 14th. We thought we would help you celebrate by sharing some plants you can start now for you and your chickens to enjoy.

Gardening is a satisfying hobby but also a way of life for many. Did you know there are plants that have natural remedies to help your flock with their overall health? Green thumb or not, we’ve rounded up some easy to grow, enjoyable plants to get you started today. 

First, get those flowers started! A few of our favorites include Nasturtium, Marigolds, and Sunflowers. Nasturtium plants are known for their high levels of Vitamin C. A lot of gardeners enjoy eating the leaves in their salad blend and garnish dishes with the flowers. Your chickens will also enjoy the leaves and flowers, which are thought to be a natural dewormer for your poultry. 

Marigold seeds are in every seasoned gardener’s playbook for their pest control. They are known to repel aphids, mosquitos, nematodes, and even rabbits. For your chickens they are a great antioxidant and will naturally darken their yolks, producing a more vibrant orange!

Lastly, a family-friendly favorite – Sunflowers! Sunflowers are easy to plant, with some varieties producing enormous blooms up to a foot across. In the fall collect the sunflower seeds as a snack you and your chickens will both enjoy while providing a source of protein and essential oils. 

Next, we move into the sweet thoughts of summer or melon season! Remember when the heat creeps in and everyone is looking for an opportunity to cool down. A cold slice of fresh melon is not only satisfying but also provides a great source of hydration. A few of our favorites include watermelon or cantaloupe. Chickens love to eat the seeds, pulp, flesh, and rind. Whatever may remain, is a great addition to your compost. 

Lastly, plan ahead for fall and squash season! Pumpkins, squash, and gourds not only store well for the long winter season ahead, but they also provide a great source of nutrients including vitamin C, Iron, and Magnesium. The leftovers from baked squash or pumpkin decor can be provided to your chickens as a treat and source of entertainment. The seeds from these plants are also known as a natural dewormer. 

Not feeling like much of a green thumb, or limited on space? Don’t worry we have you covered with a few mixed seed packets that are easy to plant and grow, specifically for your flock. Check out our Chick’N Greens Organic Seed packet for a 100% certified organic mix of oat, barley and wheat seeds that can be sprouted and fed to checks starting at 2 weeks of age. 

Or, does your chicken run need a little sprucing up this Spring? Add our Run Replacer organic seed packet. Each packet contains a mix of certified organic arugula, cilantro, purple top turnips, and red mustard. This seed mix can be grown directly in the ground or in containers for your flock. 

So what are you waiting for? Get planting on National Gardening Day for your family and flock. And that’s your weekly Moment with Meyer. 

Enjoy the rest of your week and as always thanks for listening! 

Hosts & Guests

Kendra + Jeff
From Meyer Hatchery

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