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Old 10-14-2019, 06:42 PM
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I was curious whether or not mangles would be good winter chicken feed but found mixed results at best when researching. Most people said they either didn’t like them or only ate them shredded (lots of work).

Mine like them! Here is one that I hung up for a couple hours. I’ll see how they eat them once the weather gets cold. If they store easily and continue to be eaten, I’ll be planting more next year. I only dedicated one, ten foot row of my garden to the test. I ended up with seven roots around 5-10 lbs each.
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Old 10-14-2019, 08:11 PM
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My grandpa used to grow them as winter feed, but before dispensing them he'd run them through a chopper with a little hay for roughage.
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Nice to see the birds get into them. Once they get some frost they should increase their sweetness and the chickens will love them even more. The hogs pretty well cleaned out my mangels this fall. They love them! Plans for more rows next year.

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OK for carbs, but no protein. gotta have 14%
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Old 10-19-2019, 02:23 PM
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the chopping was from when mangles were used as cattle feed - they choked on big pieces. the beets were fed in combination with protein & roughage feeds.
also, if you get the right cultivar, people also ate mangles, they are, after all, giant beets....
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