trees and bushes that feed livestock

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  1. Paul Wheaton

    Paul Wheaton Well-Known Member

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    I understand that honey locust trees will drop hundreds of pounds of high protein forage each year. And siberian pea shrubs will shed their peas and chickens will gobble them up.

    Anybody know of other perenial trees/shrubs along those lines?
     
  2. Chuck123

    Chuck123 Well-Known Member

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    My chickens seem to love the Mulberries. My goats love Cedars. And I believe hogs are fond of acorns. :)

    Hope this helps. :)
     

  3. Jen H

    Jen H Well-Known Member

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    I'm not suggesting you plant them (especially here in Wa), but a good blackberry patch will keep goats and sheep happy all summer long.
     
  4. moonwolf

    moonwolf Well-Known Member

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    I have Siberian pear trees growing now for over 10 years. They've never had peas or blossoms yet!
    When I took a course in ecology and field biology many moons ago, the teacher from Missouri mentioned stuff like buckbrush and coral berry feed deer. Sheep eat top buds of small pine trees. Birds like grouse eat tons of aspen buds. Moose browse on new growth sapllings of alder and poplar. I suspect goats would make good use digesting such things, too.
     
  5. bergere

    bergere Just living Life

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    Willow trees,....well lets just say.. they love eating those. :rolleyes: