What treats to feed to chickens

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What treats to feed to chickens

Post: # 149765Post Annpan
Mon Apr 06, 2009 5:57 pm

http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/vie ... eats_Chart

Just found this, I think it looks like a great resource... any other hints would be appreciated. I'd like to make the most of my peelings and other off cuts.
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Post: # 149769Post grubbysoles
Mon Apr 06, 2009 6:11 pm

I'm pleased to see they like bananas - I always buy too many and can't always be bothered to bake banana cake with the leftovers. Oooh, and I've just noticed that I have progressed from Margo to Jerry. Aren't I doing well!? :flower:

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Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:11 pm

My chickens are extremely fond of slugs and snails....

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Post: # 149812Post Millymollymandy
Tue Apr 07, 2009 5:59 am

Mine like tomato which hasn't got a comment on that list. Also when you are gardening any 'bad' grubs from the soil and the smooth green caterpillars that you've picked off your brassicas (not sure whether it is large or small cabbage white caterpillar) can be fed to them. They don't seem interested in the other type which are more hairy.

I'm going to try giving mine some yoghurt as it looks like it'll be fun to (stand back and) watch. :cheers:

Now you are going to have some fun with your first hens! :flower: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:
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Post: # 149824Post Annpan
Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:42 am

Millymollymandy wrote:
Now you are going to have some fun with your first hens! :flower: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:
I am :flower: :flower: :flower:

Just longing for a waste disposal unit that produces eggs as a by-product.


And...... while we are on the subject of food for hens..... I hadn't realised the price of food...
25Kg of layers pellets for £8.50, and I reckon that will feed them for several months.... We were paying £1.82 for half dozen eggs... it's not going to take long for them to pay for themselves is it?

Now, where can I find cat food as cheap? and she doesn't even lay eggs :lol:
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Post: # 149848Post Millymollymandy
Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:45 am

From everything I've read, wheat is much better to feed them as treats than corn (or maize depending on which country you are in). Corn is fattening and should be used sparingly and for those who you are fattening up for the pot. It's also used in winter as apparently it helps to warm them.

I've never given it to my hens as they don't like it (the occasional kernel appears in their food or the sacks of wheat and it is never eaten!).
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Post: # 149882Post happy place
Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:24 pm

i feed mine all sorts of kitchen scraps (dont tell defra) but their all time fav has to be worms that is highly entertaining
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Post: # 149922Post bonniethomas06
Wed Apr 08, 2009 8:54 am

Someone told me they like Marmite on toast and the B vitamins are really good for them.

Thinking about it though, that was on the day I picked them up..which was 1st April! :scratch: Will have to test this out when I get home now...
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Post: # 149924Post contadina
Wed Apr 08, 2009 9:16 am

Ours really enjoy cima di rapa, fennel fronds, prickly pears, pomegranites, olives, melons, caterpillars and lizards.

Something I learned from bitter experience to never feed them is avocado. It's toxic to birds and many animals. I threw the flesh from a manky avocado in and the greediest chuck ate the lot. She died within minutes of eating it.

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Post: # 149995Post grubbysoles
Wed Apr 08, 2009 8:24 pm

That's pretty scary about the avacado. :shock: Mine enjoyed some peas and carrots the other day. They tried some banana yesterday but it wasn't as popular as the peas. I'll try the yogurt thing at the weekend, more for entertainment value than anything.

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Post: # 150074Post becks77
Thu Apr 09, 2009 4:50 pm

treats in the hen house are sunflower hearts ....absolute fav, marmite on toast cut up small and yoghurt with corn and sunflower hearts mixed in.
We mashed up some cooked potatoe peelings the other day but they weren't too fussed, perhaps they are spoiled?!
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