A while ago I wrote asking about the contents of commercially available chicken feeds and asked what people were doing in the way of growing their own. I promised to report back with success/failure stories as they came to hand... Well, so far, we are still feeding our birds the same old concentrates from the feed store, but I guess there is light at the end of that tunnel. I think I mentioned before that we supplement their diet with coconuts found here and there. Until our coconuts mature and produce we have an irregular supply, but we grind or grate those we come by with a little purpose built hand grinder and when the teeth of the grinder start to pick up the brown bits of the shell along with the white meat we reserve the rest of that coco for the birds, or alternatively we just crack them open with a machete and then score each half roughly with a sharp pocket knife and kind of pop out the meat into little cubes. The chooks seem to eat them happily in either form. Of course, we are also giving them comfrey leaves... Pidgeon pea (cajanus cajans) seeds are easy to grow, and the chooks love them, but shelling them for storage is a time consuming chore. If we leave them in the pods too long here they get eaten by some kind of weevil. So far our chooks don't seem to get the idea that inside the hard brown pod there are some yummy peas. If anyone has any ideas for a homemade processor (I am thinking of a 5 gallon bucket (20 litres for antipodes) and some sort of weedeater involvement...) please let us know... Short of those ideas, I discovered in feeding the goats that all animals positively adore cassava leaves. They are high in protein no? Of course we are planting papaya's and mulberries with the chooks in mind as cleaner upperers. We have a lot of wild guava and lillikoi (passionfruit) which they eat readily also. Has anyone any experience of feeding chickens banana hearts? I read something by Mollison about it once, but I've never really had my chooks go for it... please blow me away with ideas for edibles for our poultry. I can't think I have begun to exhaust the possibilities.