I'm currently drawing up a plan for a small lifestyle block (just over 1/2 acre of open space). I have an area I want to use to grow chicken and duck feed on, so that I can reduce our bought in feed. Does anyone have suggestions for crops to grow for them? There will be plenty of food scraps, green areas to forage in etc, but I want to grow a protein source for them mainly I don't have enough space to dedicate an area for grains.
Thus far I am thinking about establishing a small perennial alfalfa field, which can be used both for a N source on the block (used in mulching and composting) and also as a poultry feed. From what I have read this will last up to 8 years before needing to be reseeded.
Any other ideas would be appreciated.