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Amaranth Grain H Organically certified
Amaranthus hypochondriacus
An ancient Aztec food grain that is higher in protein than wheat or rice; it is a rich source of the essential amino acid, lysine. It grows vigorously, tolerates drought and heat. It is pest-resistant. The flowers are vivid burgundy, feathery plumes, 1.5 - 3 m high. The pale blonde amaranth grains are shiny, slightly larger than poppy seeds. It is delicious cooked as a cereal, can be ground for flour or popped like popcorn. It is a warm season annual and germinates best at 20 - 27C soil temperature. Sow seed from late spring to summer in temperate areas. In subtropical and tropical areas, sow all year (avoiding frost periods). It takes 4 - 6 months for a grain crop. Harvest the seed head once a few seeds drop, lay on a tarp and dry in the sun for a week until the stems are dry. Separate the seeds from the stems and winnow in a light breeze.
SA127 approx. 450 seeds
SA128
SA129
Arrowroot
Canna edulis
Not to TAS or WA
Syn. Queensland arrowroot, achira, achera, dong rieng, edible canna, ganyong, sakhu chin zembu, maraca
Queensland arrowroot is a very hardy, clump-forming perennial plant with large bright green leaves that are enjoyed by poultry. My chooks manage to pull leaves from so high on the plant I sometimes wonder if they have a ladder hidden away in the chook shed. The edible tubers are a good substitute for potatoes and the leaves make excellent mulch. More information on growing arrowroot...

Provided as tubers.
GA100
GA101
GA108

A Kama is a light-weight Asian-style sickle which is ideal for cutting mulch plants.
Chicory 'Puna II'
Not to WA
Cichorium intybus
Chicory 'Puna II' is a broadleaf, perennial forage herb providing highly nutritious feed to grazing animals and poultry. It has a thick, deep taproot capable of breaking up compacted soils and cycling nutrients from the subsoil. As an improved pasture it combines well with other grasses and clovers and should be rotationally grazed from spring to late autumn. It is hardy, pest and disease resistant and drought tolerant. Sow early spring in temperate areas. Sow autumn in subtropical areas. Sow April - August in tropical areas. It germinates best at 10 - 21C soil temp. Soil should be moderately fertile and well drained; it is tolerant of acid soils pH 5.5 - 6.

SC351
SC352
SC433
Clucker Tucker™
Not to TAS or WA
Clucker Tucker™ is a hardy mix of all-important greens to keep your chooks healthy. Includes barrel medic, bok choy, buckwheat, forage chicory, clover, cocksfoot, linseed, lucerne, millet, forage plantain, silverbeet, subclover and sunflower. Most have vigorous root systems that will quickly regrow leaves that are cut or eaten. Clucker Tucker™ is a blend of annual and perennial plants, many of which will self-sow. In a forage area, seed can be broadcast; the chooks will need to be kept off the area for the plants to establish. After they have grazed it down, the chooks should be taken off to allow it to reshoot. Where space is limited, grow it in seedling trays and then place in the chook run or bird cage once grown. In a pasture, used as a 'herbal ley' it is a healthy addition for grazing animals. In temperate areas sow March - May or August - October. In subtropical areas sow August - September or May - July. In tropical areas sow April - August. Broadcast seed 2 - 3 g/m in a forage area. In a seedling tray use 1 - 2g per seedling tray.
SC329
SC330
SC331
More information on poultry forage...
Comfrey
Symphytum officinale
Not to TAS or WA
Syn. Boneset
Comfrey probably has the widest range of uses in a permaculture system of any plant. Provided as short root cuttings 30 mm long. More information on growing comfrey...
GC100
GC101
GC102
Poultry Care Kit Save $7.50
Not to TAS or WA
Perennial and/or highly nutritious plants which will provide some of the essential requirements your chickens need, improve their health and reduce your feed costs. The PeckaBloc provides a full range of essential nutrients and grit for your chooks and other birds.
Includes:
5 x Comfrey root cuttings more info...
250g Clucker Tucker™ Seed Mix
2 x Microgreen Trays (for growing the Clucker Tucker™)
1 x PeckaBloc (small size)

GP145

More information on poultry forage...
Lemon Balm Organically certified
Melissa officinalis
Lemon Balm has a range of useful properties that benefit the hens. As a medicinal herb it is antiviral, so may protect against some poultry diseases. It is also antibacterial and highly aromatic, so try cutting a few short stems every day and adding it to your nest boxes. It is also believed to be rodent repellent, which would be great, if it worked. If you happen to be roasting a chook, lemon balm adds a lovely flavour. Lemon balm is an herbaceous perennial with a delicate lemon scent. It is a non-running member of the mint family. It attracts bees and butterflies. Sow seed in spring; in a cool, semi-shaded position. Suitable for temperate and subtropical areas; unlikely to do well in the tropics.
SL194 approx. 200 seeds
SL199

More information on herbs...
Linseed Organically certified
Useful plant grown for both its seeds and fibre. An annual growing to 90 cm with blue flowers. It is not suitable as an animal forage but the seeds are recommended for poultry as a source of Omega-3. Sow autumn, early winter in temperate and subtropical areas.
SL155

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Lucerne 'Sequel'
Medicago sativa
Syn. Alfalfa
Lucerne is a valuable plant for poultry forage, providing nutritious, protein-rich leaves containing minerals and vitamins A, D, K and E. It is high in chlorophyll, which makes it a valuable antioxidant. It is a hardy perennial lasting many years. 'Sequel' is a bushy upright, winter vigorous, legume with a deep taproot. It is attractive to beneficial insects and bees, can be cut for mulch and is a great animal forage. In temperate areas sow March-May or August-October; in subtropical areas sow May-July.
SL118 Inoculant included Not to WA
SL119 Inoculant included Not to TAS or WA

More information on living mulches...
Nasturtium 'Jewel Mixed' Organically certified
Tropaeolum majus
Nasturtiums are really enjoyed by poultry. The leaves and seeds are a tonic and good for worming. The flowers add a bright splash of colour wherever they grow and make a good groundcover in an orchard. Sow spring and summer, autumn in frost-free areas only. Suitable for temperate, subtropical and tropical areas.
SN100 approx. 14 seeds
SN103
SN104
Pigeon Pea
Cajanus cajan
Pigeon Pea is an excellent chicken forage for warmer areas, providing high protein seeds, edible leafy greens and shelter. It is a perennial, nitrogen-fixing, drought tolerant shrub to 2 - 3 m. It is also useful for on-site mulch production and is an excellent animal forage. It is an important food plant in India; the seeds are 25% protein and can be eaten fresh or as split dried peas. The dried seeds are used for dhal in India and contain 5 times more Vitamin A and C than green peas. The leaves and young shoots can be eaten cooked, they are fibrous and have a strong spicy odour. Sow spring and summer into warm soil; autumn in frost-free areas only. Suitable for (warm) temperate, subtropical and tropical areas.
More information on pigeon pea...

Provided as seed
SP123 approx. 30 seeds. Inoculant included
SP124 approx. 500+ seeds. Inoculant included
SP244 approx. 2500+ seeds. Inoculant included

Provided as tubestock
Not to Norfolk Island, SA, TAS or WA
GP150
Unsure how to use inoculant or its purpose? Find information about inoculant here.
Plantain 'Tonic'
Plantago lanceolata
syn. Ribwort, Narrow-leaf Plantain
Plantain 'Tonic' is a broadleaf, short-lived, perennial forage herb with a deep tap root. Young leaves were traditionally harvested in Europe as a fresh edible green in spring. It is attractive to butterflies. It provides highly nutritious feed to grazing animals and poultry, mainly in summer. It is high in protein (23%) and minerals, particularly calcium and selenium. It is tolerant to a wide range of soils and establishes quickly. As an improved pasture it is best combined with other grasses and clovers. It is hardy, pest and disease resistant and drought tolerant. It is 90 cm tall when in flower. Sow autumn in temperate and subtropical areas. Sow April - August in tropical areas. It germinates best at 10 - 21C soil temp. Soil should be moderately fertile and well drained; it is tolerant of acid soils pH 5.5 - 7. Broadcast the seed, 25g will cover 50m.
SP238
SP239
SP249
Sunflower 'Sunbird' Organically certified in conversion

Sunbird produces a large, grey-striped sunflower seed which is excellent as human food or poultry forage. The flowers add joy to a summer garden, attract colourful king parrots and the flower petals are edible. The tall plants provide support for climbing beans and are useful as a summer windbreak. Sunflowers are a must for a child's garden, the sheer size of the plants and the way the flowers follow the sun are intriguing for kids. Sunbird is both drought tolerant and disease resistant. The plants grow 2 - 2.5m tall.
SS200
SS207
SS199
Please note: we will not ship overseas; we ship seed within Australia only.
Tagasaste
Chamaecytisus proliferus
syn. Tree Lucerne
Tree Lucerne is a very useful chicken forage for Mediterranean (dry summer) areas. It is useful in the chook run to provide shade, shelter, leafy greens and high protein seeds. The flowers are considered a tonic for poultry. It is a shrubby, frost and drought tolerant small tree to 5 m, with fragrant white flowers. It is useful for windbreaks and fire retardant hedges; salt and wind tolerant. It is an excellent high protein animal forage. Sow spring and summer. Suitable for temperate areas only.
More information on tree lucerne...

Provided as seed
ST100 approx. 50+ seeds. Inoculant included
ST101 approx. 1100+ seeds. Inoculant included
ST131 Inoculant included

Provided as tubestock
Not to Norfolk Island, SA, TAS or WA
GT108 (1 tubestock)
Other useful forage plants for chickens can be found here:
buckwheat
Ceylon spinach
cherry guava
clover
corn
cucumber
French white millet
Japanese millet
Lucerne
New Zealand spinach
oats
passionfruit
tamarillo
Seed to WA: A $4.00 Quarantine Fee will be charged for all seed orders to WA. Green Harvest is sharing the cost of the new quarantine fee with all our WA customers. Read more...
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