Poultry Peck is a collection of seeds that when germinated, grows specific food for your chickens. It is an essential supplement to your chicken's diet that supports optimum health and fabulous eggs ! It also has some wonderful leafy greens for the family: pak choi, choy sum, kale, perpetual spinach and silverbeet.
Please note: There are strict quarantine rules for the importing of seed and plants into Australian states. The rules are essential to reduce the risks of diseases and pests being introduced or becoming a significant issue. Poultry Patch sources their seed from companies that take their responsibilities seriously and do not treat their products with chemical insecticides or fungicides. Because of this, some seeds cannot be transported into some states of Australia as the security certificates needed to do so cannot be attained.
Therefore our seed mixes cannot be sent to Western Australia or Tasmania.
Buckwheat is an ancient food plant that has been in use for over 9,000 years; it gives a whole new meaning to the word 'heirloom'. It is an annual warm season crop to 50 cm high. It has some drought tolerance and is frost tender. It germinates in 3 - 4 days, with a soil temperature of 20°C. Sow it 2.5 - 3.5 cm deep. The soil should be moist before sowing but do not over-water, buckwheat doesn't tolerate being waterlogged at any stage of growth. It will grow in a wide range of soils, including infertile ones, with a preferred pH range of 6 - 7.
Crimson Clover @
Syn. Italian clover
An attractive, fast growing, deep rooted, annual legume with spikes of deep crimson flowers highly attractive to bees. It is useful as part of an orchard groundcover. As a green manure it smothers weeds, fixes nitrogen from the air and improves soil structure. It has deep roots that penetrate the soil and break it up so can be used as a pioneer. It is widely grown as a protein-rich forage crop for cattle and other livestock and for hay. It has a bushy habit to 60 cm high and prefers well drained soils. Sow late March to April in temperate areas.
Kale 'Dwarf Siberian Improved' @
'Dwarf Siberian Improved' is a Russian variety, very hardy and productive. The frilly, broad, dark green leaves grow on long, succulent, sweet stalks on a compact plant. It is slow to bolt in spring and tolerant of both hot and cold weather. Grow it as a winter vegetable or as an ingredient in salad mixes. It has a peppery cabbage flavour and is very nutritious. Days to harvest: 65.
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.
Lucerne 'Hunter River' @
'Hunter River' is a bushy upright, spring and summer vigorous legume with a deep taproot, it requires a fertile, well-drained soil. 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.
Millet 'French White' *
Fast growing clumping grass to 1m; edible seed, not suitable for grazing; excellent used with legumes as a green manure, builds soil structure and adds bulk organic material. Sow in temperate areas October - February; in subtropical areas September - April and tropical areas all year.
Plantain 'Tonic' @
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 - 21°C 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 50m².
Silverbeet 'Perpetual' @
syn. Chard, Leaf Beet
A very long-lasting and tasty leaf vegetable but unfortunately not 'perpetual'. It does, however, resist bolting longer than any other silverbeet or spinach. The leaves are smoother than other silverbeet with narrower, greenish stems. It is tender with a taste more like true English Spinach. Very hardy and drought resistant. Days to harvest: 50.
Spinach English 'American Curled' @
syn. 'American Long Standing'
'American Curled' is a heirloom spinach with thick, deep green, savoyed (crumpled) leaves. It has a fine flavour and is very tender. It is hardy, heat and drought resistant and very slow to bolt. Also suitable for use as a microgreen and for baby spinach. Days to harvest: 43 - 55.
Sunflower 'Sunbird' *
Sunbird produces large grey sunflower seeds which are 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.
* = Organic Seed
@ = untreated seed