Poultry Summer Seeds


Poultry Summer Seeds

A summer blend to sow your hens. A 10 seed blend mix of vegetation to enrich your hens diet and stimulate their minds.
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Poultry Summer Seeds

A summer blend to sow your hens. A 10 seed blend mix of vegetation
to enrich your hens diet and stimulate their minds.

natural

Enrich Environments

Creates diversity in the
yard whilst providing shade
and enrichment.

nutrients

Enhance Nutrition

Provides vegetation rich in vitamins and minerals to
increase productivity.

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Stimulate Natural Behaviour

Encourages hens to forage
for their food.

natural

Enrich Environments

Creates diversity in the
yard whilst providing shade
and enrichment.

nutrients

Enhance Nutrition

Provides vegetation rich in vitamins and minerals to increase
productivity.

molecules

Stimulate Natural Behaviour

Encourages hens to forage
for their food.

What you'll grow with Nesty Summer Seeds

Vetch

Vetch is renowned for its abundance of protein and easily digestible fibre. Its exceptional nitrogen-fixing abilities make it a top choice for enhancing soil fertility, structure, and organic matter content. This appealing legume is rich in essential minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium, along with key vitamins like A, C, and select B vitamins. These nutrients play a crucial role in promoting the overall health and productivity of your livestock. This delectable plant is the ideal choice for cultivating a nutritious and enticing treat in your poultry's backyard.

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Black Sunflower

Cultivating Black Sunflowers can be an enjoyable and rewarding endeavor when it comes to enhancing your flock's diet. Whilst they only provide a single grazing opportunity, they do offer a noteworthy blend of dietary fibre and protein, making them a valuable addition to your poultry's nutritional repertoire. The elevated carbohydrate content serves as a substantial energy source for hens, thus contributing significantly to their overall productivity and health.  It is important to take into account the growth stage of Sunflowers as younger specimens tend to be more palatable and boast a heightened nutritional profile than older plants.

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Buckwheat

Buckwheat stands as a commendable choice when considering diversifying your flock's diet. It boasts a diverse nutritional profile, offering an abundance of antioxidants, including rutin, along with essential minerals and B-complex vitamins, all of which contribute to the overall health and vitality of your poultry. This appetizing and safe plant is eagerly devoured by poultry, making it a delightful addition to their meals while simultaneously serving as a valuable source of nutrition. While buckwheat does contain moderate levels of protein and dietary fiber, it's important to note that it may not match the energy density provided by some other available feed options, necessitating a well-balanced diet for your feathered friends.

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Ryecorn

Ryecorn serves as a valuable energy source, with its grains abundant in carbohydrates. While it's rich in energy, the protein levels are moderate but still contribute to meeting your hens' nutritional needs. Ryecorn also contains essential vitamins like niacin and riboflavin from the B-complex group, crucial for metabolism and growth. As ryecorn plants mature, their fibre content, including cellulose and hemicellulose, increases. It's worth mentioning that young, vegetative ryecorn plants are typically more palatable and easily consumed by livestock.

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Peas

Pea plants are renowned for their high protein and energy content. They are incredibly palatable and offer an extensive range of vitamins and minerals. Like other legumes, pea plants have the ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen into the soil through a symbiotic relationship with nitrogen fixing bacteria (rhizobium). This can assist in soil fertility and reduce the need for synthetic fertilisers when peas are cultivated.

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Chicory

Chicory, the herbaceous plant, is renowned for its highly digestible fiber, promoting robust digestive health and optimizing nutrient utilization. Chicory also boasts secondary metabolites, like tannins, which can enhance protein utilization while occasionally influencing palatability. Notably, chicory excels in drought tolerance, serving as a crucial feed source in water-scarce conditions. Its rapid establishment and productivity enhancements lead to increased weight gain. Moreover, it offers a cost-effective, well-balanced protein-to-energy ratio, making it a superb choice for cultivating to benefit your livestock.

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Clover

High yielding and exceptionally palatable, clover is a rich source of protein that will aid in muscle development and overall growth. Clover assists in nitrogen fixation, having the ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen through a symbiotic relationship with nitrogen fixing bacteria (rhizobium). This enhances soil fertility and reduces the need for synthetic fertilisers. This persistent seed will tolerate a wide range of soil types and climatic regions whilst maintaining its quality and productivity. 

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Millet

Millet, known for its robust adaptability to various climates and rainfall patterns, serves as a resilient crop. With its substantial carbohydrate content, it offers a moderately energy-dense feed that matures into seed heads, providing an even more concentrated energy source. Millet's drought tolerance makes it a valuable choice in water-scarce conditions. While younger millet plants are easily digested by poultry, it's important to note that if the plant matures into seed heads, the stem accumulates lignin, leading to reduced palatability.

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Radish

Radishes provide a substantial tuber taproot that aids in mitigating soil problems like compaction. They are a short-term forage option known for their high palatability and rapid establishment. Thanks to their tuberous roots, radishes can tap into subsoil moisture and nutrients, making them resilient in drought-prone areas and a low-risk planting choice. Rich in antioxidants and with a high water content, radishes serve as a valuable addition for crop diversification and overall farm sustainability.

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Ryegrass

Recognized for its nutritional prowess, ryegrass boasts elevated protein levels and exceptional palatability, rendering it an integral element in seed mixtures. It excels in co-cultivation with legumes and thrives in diverse multi-species blends. With rapid regrowth and a nutrient-rich profile encompassing vital vitamins and minerals, ryegrass is a favored choice in various agricultural systems. Furthermore, ryegrass offers fiber content that, while lower than mature forages, promotes digestive health without sacrificing energy and protein content.

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Vetch

Vetch is renowned for its abundance of protein and easily digestible fibre. Its exceptional nitrogen-fixing abilities make it a top choice for enhancing soil fertility, structure, and organic matter content. This appealing legume is rich in essential minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium, along with key vitamins like A, C, and select B vitamins. These nutrients play a crucial role in promoting the overall health and productivity of your livestock. This delectable plant is the ideal choice for cultivating a nutritious and enticing treat in your poultry's backyard.

Vetch

Vetch is renowned for its abundance of protein and easily digestible fibre. Its exceptional nitrogen-fixing abilities make it a top choice for enhancing soil fertility, structure, and organic matter content. This appealing legume is rich in essential minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium, along with key vitamins like A, C, and select B vitamins. These nutrients play a crucial role in promoting the overall health and productivity of your livestock. This delectable plant is the ideal choice for cultivating a nutritious and enticing treat in your poultry's backyard.

Black Sunflower

Cultivating Black Sunflowers can be an enjoyable and rewarding endeavor when it comes to enhancing your flock's diet. Whilst they only provide a single grazing opportunity, they do offer a noteworthy blend of dietary fibre and protein, making them a valuable addition to your poultry's nutritional repertoire. The elevated carbohydrate content serves as a substantial energy source for hens, thus contributing significantly to their overall productivity and health.  It is important to take into account the growth stage of Sunflowers as younger specimens tend to be more palatable and boast a heightened nutritional profile than older plants.

Buckwheat

Buckwheat stands as a commendable choice when considering diversifying your flock's diet. It boasts a diverse nutritional profile, offering an abundance of antioxidants, including rutin, along with essential minerals and B-complex vitamins, all of which contribute to the overall health and vitality of your poultry. This appetizing and safe plant is eagerly devoured by poultry, making it a delightful addition to their meals while simultaneously serving as a valuable source of nutrition. While buckwheat does contain moderate levels of protein and dietary fiber, it's important to note that it may not match the energy density provided by some other available feed options, necessitating a well-balanced diet for your feathered friends.

Ryecorn

Ryecorn serves as a valuable energy source, with its grains abundant in carbohydrates. While it's rich in energy, the protein levels are moderate but still contribute to meeting your hens' nutritional needs. Ryecorn also contains essential vitamins like niacin and riboflavin from the B-complex group, crucial for metabolism and growth. As ryecorn plants mature, their fibre content, including cellulose and hemicellulose, increases. It's worth mentioning that young, vegetative ryecorn plants are typically more palatable and easily consumed by livestock.

Peas

Pea plants are renowned for their high protein and energy content. They are incredibly palatable and offer an extensive range of vitamins and minerals. Like other legumes, pea plants have the ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen into the soil through a symbiotic relationship with nitrogen fixing bacteria (rhizobium). This can assist in soil fertility and reduce the need for synthetic fertilisers when peas are cultivated.

Chicory

Chicory, the herbaceous plant, is renowned for its highly digestible fiber, promoting robust digestive health and optimizing nutrient utilization. Chicory also boasts secondary metabolites, like tannins, which can enhance protein utilization while occasionally influencing palatability. Notably, chicory excels in drought tolerance, serving as a crucial feed source in water-scarce conditions. Its rapid establishment and productivity enhancements lead to increased weight gain. Moreover, it offers a cost-effective, well-balanced protein-to-energy ratio, making it a superb choice for cultivating to benefit your livestock.

Clover

High yielding and exceptionally palatable, clover is a rich source of protein that will aid in muscle development and overall growth. Clover assists in nitrogen fixation, having the ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen through a symbiotic relationship with nitrogen fixing bacteria (rhizobium). This enhances soil fertility and reduces the need for synthetic fertilisers. This persistent seed will tolerate a wide range of soil types and climatic regions whilst maintaining its quality and productivity. 

Millet

Millet, known for its robust adaptability to various climates and rainfall patterns, serves as a resilient crop. With its substantial carbohydrate content, it offers a moderately energy-dense feed that matures into seed heads, providing an even more concentrated energy source. Millet's drought tolerance makes it a valuable choice in water-scarce conditions. While younger millet plants are easily digested by poultry, it's important to note that if the plant matures into seed heads, the stem accumulates lignin, leading to reduced palatability.

Radish

Radishes provide a substantial tuber taproot that aids in mitigating soil problems like compaction. They are a short-term forage option known for their high palatability and rapid establishment. Thanks to their tuberous roots, radishes can tap into subsoil moisture and nutrients, making them resilient in drought-prone areas and a low-risk planting choice. Rich in antioxidants and with a high water content, radishes serve as a valuable addition for crop diversification and overall farm sustainability.

Ryegrass

Recognized for its nutritional prowess, ryegrass boasts elevated protein levels and exceptional palatability, rendering it an integral element in seed mixtures. It excels in co-cultivation with legumes and thrives in diverse multi-species blends. With rapid regrowth and a nutrient-rich profile encompassing vital vitamins and minerals, ryegrass is a favored choice in various agricultural systems. Furthermore, ryegrass offers fiber content that, while lower than mature forages, promotes digestive health without sacrificing energy and protein content.

The first of the ‘Nesty Sowing’ range, this seasonal blend grows a mix of vegetative plants for your chickens. Simply sow 10mm under the surface, water, and wait 6 to 10 weeks for the perfect green feed blend. This blend contains vetch, black sunflower, buckwheat, ryecorn, peas, chicory, clover, millet, radish, and ryegrass. If managed correctly, you will see regrowth and get multiple feeds of fresh greens out of your Summer Seed blend.

How To Sow:

  • Using a rake, lightly scratch your soil surface to gently till the desired planting area. Use 1kg per 10 metres squared.
  • Spread the seeds ensuring the scratched soil surface will allow seeds to be sown 10 to 20mm below the surface.
  • Rake over the soil to cover the seeds.
  • Water and wait 4 to 10 weeks for the plants to establish.
  • Apply fertiliser in the second week post sowing to encourage plant growth.
  • Remember to keep the chickens off of the planting area until it is ready for them to consume. Aim to sow the blend between October to December and apply water daily.

Storage Requirements:

For optimal shelf life and quality the product should be stored below 30 degrees and off the ground in a cool dry place, protected from direct sunlight.

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All your questions answered

By growing crops specifically for your flock, you can improve their nutrition, have happier hens, and produce better quality eggs. A varied diet provides enrichment and stimulation and is a valuable source of vitamins and minerals.
Seed blends last far longer than purchasing vegetables for your hens and will reduce their consumption in grains and pellets whilst grazing the vegetation.

The blend should be approximately 15cm to 20cm in height, with an established root system. Test by tugging on a plant; if it uproots, the sown vegetation is not ready for your hens. Once you can tug on a plant and not have it uproot, it will be ready for its first grazing. Monitor carefully to ensure you do not “overgraze.”

The key is to not “overgraze.” Ensure that the plants don’t get too trampled or eaten right down to the base. Shorter periods on the vegetation will enhance the lifespan of the blend. Watering is strongly encouraged to keep the plants fresh, lush, and palatable. Please note that not all the varieties within the seed blend are designed to grow back and therefore may only last one or two grazings. However, if managed correctly, the blend should last you the entire summer!

The blend is designed for summer but may last through additional seasons if managed correctly and environmental conditions permit. Chickens are rough with their foraging habits and are likely to damage plant regrowth and longevity. Ideally, we aim for the blend to offer two to three grazings for your hens but it can be subject to your water, soil type, weather, and management.

1kg of the Nesty Summer Seeds blend is suited for 10m2. You can sow the blend more heavily for a lusher plantation. Sowing lighter than this recommendation will increase the possibility of weeds and is advised not to do so. For best results, sow the blend 10 to 20mm below the suedes and water immediately. Aim to water once a day for at least 1 week post sowing. Fertiliser is recommended but not essential.

Aim to sow the blend between October and December, sowing 10 to 20mm below the surface and watering daily for the first week. Waters over summer will ensure the longevity of your vegetation.

Disclaimer

Caution: This seed blend is meant to be grown for ANIMAL consumption AND is not to be fed directly. SEEDS SOURCED ARE FROM HIGHLY REPUTABLE SEED COMPANIES IN THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY. CONTACT NESTY DIRECTLY FOR SPECIFIC VARIETY NAMES. FOR BEST RESULTS, SOW IN THE FIRST 12 MONTHS OF PURCHASE. ALWAYS PROVIDE POULTRY WITH FRESH WATER & ACCESS TO GRAIN OR PELLETS ALONGSIDE THE VEGETATION GROWN.