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Treats are great! But how often should I offer them?

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Hello all,

 I am extremely new to back yard chicken keeping and have 5 very happy chickens right now.  I saw some ads for Happy Hen treats. I went to the farm store today and purchased dried meal worms and the raisin sunflower mix. My question is.. How often should I offer these treats?

 

Thanks!

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You can throw a small amount out once or twice a day for them to scratch around and find them. About a handful for 5-10 birds. That's what I do.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, bunnies, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

Why can't my days always be Sunnyside up?

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Originally Posted by oldhenlikesdogs View Post

You can throw a small amount out once or twice a day for them to scratch around and find them. About a handful for 5-10 birds. That's what I do.


Good advice - i believe that the general rule of thumb is that treats should constitute no more than 10% of total feed consumed per day (a handful is a lot easier to calculate :)).

 

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"The whole problem of the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts." Bertrand Russell
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