If not, we have got you covered! Here is a great opportunity to dramatically UP the Omega-3 content of your eggs while giving your girls a beloved treat, AND doing a solid for a neighborhood community garden at the same time!
St Andrew Community Garden (just up 24th between Central and Broadwater in Billings) has lots of purslane available for the taking! Haul a cache home and keep it in a bag in the shade or inside… it’s good for about a week so you can dole it out to the girls on a daily basis. It will keep in the fridge in a produce bag for several weeks. It also dehydrates very well so you can feed it throughout the year. Remember, it is one of the most nutritious plants on the PLANET… for YOU, or for your hens! Boosts omega-3 acids up to 20x more than hens not fed with it as a supplement to regular laying ration.
And it tastes pretty yummy for people, too! Mild, faintly lemony, a bit “slickery”. It has more omega-3’s than any known plant source. It is widely grown in other countries as a staple leafy green, with many traditional recipes calling for the fairly low-growing hard herb. It is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, some B-complex vitamins like riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine and carotenoids, potent antioxidants, as well as dietary minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese and potassium. Purslane is literally far more nutritious than most of the vegetables we have removed purslane to grow!
Contact TJ at MagicCityHens@hotmail.com or Dave Kimball at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange pickup.