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I thought I remembered reading that watermelon was a much-loved chicken treat.  It's been hot here so I thought my pullets might enjoy some cold, refreshing watermelon.  I even sliced it up for them and hand-delivered it like the good chicken slave I am.  They spent about 10 minutes just staring at it and then staring at me and then staring at the watermelon.  Then they left going bok-bok-bok like I had offended them.

 

I try so hard you guys!! :barnie 

post #2 of 21

my chickens did the same thing at first, now they would wage war for watermelon! :lauwhat i did was i kept tossing little bits of it at them until one of them decided it wasn't deadly!


Edited by Poultry parent - 6/21/16 at 9:28am

2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 red sex link, 1 bantam, 1 Silkie rooster who acts much bigger than he really is, 2 young Pekin ducks, 1 young Mallard, 1 duck of an undetermined breed, 2 mixed breed chicks,1 Barred Rock pullet, and 1 easter egger pullet.  named in order:

Lucy, Ethel, Lucky, Aunt Bea, Ricky, Lemon Meringue, Daisy, Ping-Ping, Jake, Fred, Phoebe, Saoirse, and Esther.

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2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 red sex link, 1 bantam, 1 Silkie rooster who acts much bigger than he really is, 2 young Pekin ducks, 1 young Mallard, 1 duck of an undetermined breed, 2 mixed breed chicks,1 Barred Rock pullet, and 1 easter egger pullet.  named in order:

Lucy, Ethel, Lucky, Aunt Bea, Ricky, Lemon Meringue, Daisy, Ping-Ping, Jake, Fred, Phoebe, Saoirse, and Esther.

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post #3 of 21

Ours love it almost as much as they love mealworms for a treat!

 

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post #4 of 21

OH YEAH! ours love it so much!

post #5 of 21

OMG, my girls go nuts for it. I read on another blog about freezing it and giving it to them on really hot days. My girls stick their beaks up at anything frozen so I just do really cold refrigerated now. But they go nuts. After they have demolished the pieces, I put water in the rinds and they come back and drink it up like I gave them more watermelon. Anything to keep them hydrated during the heat. 

post #6 of 21

They like fresh-cut watermelon more than stuff that has sat in a Tupperware container for a week in your fridge, it seems. The woman that we got our girls from said that you should cut it into cubes and throw it in the freezer. She says it is the perfect way to cool them down on hot days, plus they take their time pecking at it instead of gobbling it up right away.


Edited by MyChickenCookie - 6/22/16 at 5:19am
post #7 of 21

My four girls like it. They don't go crazy for it like they do dandelion greens or tomatoes, but to them it is better than pellets.

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Anything new will usually throw them for a loop.....sprinkle some scratch on it and they'll figure it out pretty darn quick.

 

I don't give my birds the ripe flesh of the melon, that's for me :D ......and they don't need all that sugar.

Melon can give them the runs.....and with watermelon it's very strange bluish color, IIRC.

I do save the white part near the rind and the rind into the freezer to give to them on hot days.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Originally Posted by Fletch83 View Post

I thought I remembered reading that watermelon was a much-loved chicken treat.  It's been hot here so I thought my pullets might enjoy some cold, refreshing watermelon.  I even sliced it up for them and hand-delivered it like the good chicken slave I am.  They spent about 10 minutes just staring at it and then staring at me and then staring at the watermelon.  Then they left going bok-bok-bok like I had offended them.

I try so hard you guys!! barnie.gif  

Chickens will be cautious around anything that is new to them. All you need to do is get one of them to try it and the others will jump on the band wagon as well. Sheep have the same behavior.

"Experince is the teacher of all things." Julius Ceaser

"The only real valuable thing is intuition." Albert Einstein

"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest" Mark Twain

 

My Coop Project

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/656727/coop-project-maken-the-plunge-getting-chickens

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"Experince is the teacher of all things." Julius Ceaser

"The only real valuable thing is intuition." Albert Einstein

"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest" Mark Twain

 

My Coop Project

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/656727/coop-project-maken-the-plunge-getting-chickens

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