Chicken food can be expensive. A 40 pound bag of organic feed (highlight being GMO-free) costs us about $30. In the Spring time, our chickens supplement their own feed by eating the grass and bugs in their pen. They also enjoy some of our kitchen scraps. This time of year, I can give my girls a special treat of mulberries for FREE with almost no work.
Mulberries are growing all around our property and they are ripe for the picking.
I simply cut a branch off to throw into my chickens (like I said EASY, I don’t even have to pick them).
And since I’m a softy, I picked up some of the berries that fell to the ground for them:
You can eat them raw, or process them into jam, if you don’t have chickens or just don’t feel like sharing. They have a mild taste, and are super easy to grow (as in some people consider them undesirable pain). But these berries are for my little egg machines.
I throw the whole limb in the pen and scatter the ones I picked up from the ground around the limb. The girls enjoy the treat, and they have fun picking through the leaves. So they are enjoying a snack and some entertainment.
These mulberries came from a tree that is growing on the forest’s edge naturally. I wanted to make my life even easier, and take myself out of the equation, so I took a cutting in May of this year and planted it by the chicken pen. The idea is that when it gets large enough to fruit, the fruit will drop into their pen and give the girls a treat without me doing anything. Right now, I’m planning so that I can be lazy in the future.