As the price of grain continues to rise with the ever evolving energy prices here in Hickery Holler we start to think of ways to grow animal food to supplement the grain we have to purchase. We know that we must become more self sufficient in not only feeding ourselves but also our livestock in order not to fall prey to those ever rising grain prices. We look back to the past and how they were fed before the invention of the local corner feed store. How did our grandparents feed their flock?
Sunflowers : I buy sunflower seeds every winter for feeding the songbirds but never considered feeding it to my livestock. This year we will be growing sunflowers to feed the heads to our chickens and even rabbits. Sunflower seeds provide high-energy feed for livestock due to their high fat content. According to the National Sunflower Association of Canada "one pound of fat contains 2.25 times as much energy as one pound of carbohydrates from feed grain or forages".