I planted some winter rye once my tomatoes died back. I planted it for two reasons. 1. It is a great cover crop to plant in the fall. It helps to keep nutrients in the soil as well as to keep the top soil to wash away during winter rain. Reason number 2. My chickens love to eat it. Winter rye is a great fall and winter green for chickens to snack on. Here are my 5 hens snacking on the winter rye I planted for them. The white one is Lu Lu, Gigi, is the black one with a tint of green in her feathers, Molly is the red one, Stormy is the white and black one and Penny is the copper colored one. I love my girls. It makes me smile to watch them.