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supplementary maize / gram flour "polenta"

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Whilst my hens have access to proprietary feed all day (they "free range" in my half acre garden) i like to give them something extra every day as a treat. I have been feeding them a thick maize meal porridge (imagine stiff polenta) and saw some gram (chick pea) flour on the shelf, so i mixed in some of that. It was a bit of an epiphany and used up some of the gram flour that i have had for way too long. 

 

For those of us in Africa (i know there are some South African  members) this maize meal porridge is a staple diet in many countries (and goes by as many names!) but just thought that sharing this idea may be useful, as feeding chickens this porridge is very common. 

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Thanks for sharing.  I am in Canada and I noticed that my chickens pay way more attention to their food when I cooked it.  I used to just throw them corn on the cob and noticed a lot of waste but never with cooked cobs.

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I do something similar get a bunch of past the sale date (expired) flour, grains, cereals and crackers from a local grocery store for free when they pull it off the shelves... I stockpile it up and on some weekends I crush, mix and soak it all in water and then cook it like a hot cereal into a thick gelatinous blob, let cool then feed it to the birds as a treat and they love it... And if I have any scraps of meat or veggies I toss them into the mix as well...
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