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I have access to hotdog and hamburger buns that is a couple of days old.  I was pinching up and feeding 2 or 3 packs a day ( chickens loved it). I also feed laying mess crumbles and scratch grain. I was not getting any eggs and I thought hens should be laying. Someone told me bread was a no no if I wanted eggs. I stopped feeding bread and a couple weeks eggs   and more eggs  getting 11 or 12 a day now. I asked a old man that has had chickens about it and he said it was none sence. I like getting my eggs and scared to start feeding bread to hens again. Has anyone ever heard of this before?   I am still feeding my young chickens that should not be laying bread.   My laying hens think I am mistreating them since they get no bread.    hmm[img][/img]

post #2 of 55

It's a treat and both you and the birds like it when you do it, so do it! Stop mistreating those sweet babies!! hehehe

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post #3 of 55

How many chickens do you have?

My gut reaction that you should treat anything other than the laying crumbles/pellets/whatever as a treat and that it should be given minimally. 2-3 packs sounds like A LOT!

I give my girls a variety of treats, but they are just that, treats. They get a little bit in the morning when I first let them out, maybe something in the afternoon, and then something to round them up into the their pen in the evening.

I'm sure they could get a fairly unbalanced diet by getting too much of any one thing... pop


Edited by UrbanChickenMama - 12/14/08 at 7:06pm
I think I'm nuts! 
1 DH, 1 DD, 1 DS, 1 fat tabby cat, 1 beagle, 1 cattle-dog, and 4 chickens (Silver Laced Cochin, Americauna, Cuckoo Maran & RIR) -- and a partridge in a pear tree!
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I think I'm nuts! 
1 DH, 1 DD, 1 DS, 1 fat tabby cat, 1 beagle, 1 cattle-dog, and 4 chickens (Silver Laced Cochin, Americauna, Cuckoo Maran & RIR) -- and a partridge in a pear tree!
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post #4 of 55

I agree with UrbanChickenMama.  If you throw the balance of their nutrients off too much, they can stop laying as a result. 
Mine adore bread, but I limit them to 3 slices split between 18 chickens every other day.

If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, bredas and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, bredas and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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post #5 of 55

I feed bread to my chickens and there is no different in laying eggs.
wee     frow

Mother of 3 pretty girls(mini chickenma's) DH that thinks I'm chickencrazy, humphrey the hotdog that thinks he's a chicken, and chickenma of 2 austrolops, 5 ameraucana (1 R.I.P), 2 guinee (2 R.I.P), 6 RIR (2 R.I.P), 3 buf orphingtons, 50+ quails, 1 Silkie, 1 andulasion, 1 maran, 6 muscovies, 1 bantam, 4 broilers and toulouse geese, Sebastopol geese sea bright pekingducks e 

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Mother of 3 pretty girls(mini chickenma's) DH that thinks I'm chickencrazy, humphrey the hotdog that thinks he's a chicken, and chickenma of 2 austrolops, 5 ameraucana (1 R.I.P), 2 guinee (2 R.I.P), 6 RIR (2 R.I.P), 3 buf orphingtons, 50+ quails, 1 Silkie, 1 andulasion, 1 maran, 6 muscovies, 1 bantam, 4 broilers and toulouse geese, Sebastopol geese sea bright pekingducks e 

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post #6 of 55
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Originally Posted by chickenma 

I feed bread to my chickens and there is no different in laying eggs.
wee     frow


It's not giving bread that stops the laying, it's giving them anything in excess that you have to watch out for.

If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, bredas and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, bredas and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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post #7 of 55

I think maybe it's the amount of bread that matters. If they're eating so much bread they're not eating their layer ration that's a problem. If you're feeding them just enough to serve as a treat, then that's okay.  Everything in moderation.

Christine
1 Barred Rock, 1 EE, 3 Light Brahma, 4 Buff Orpington, 4 Gold Laced Wyandotte, 1 Golden Comet, 1 Indian River, 10 EE bantams, 1 OEGB, 1 Millie and 1 White d'Uccle and a couple of mixed up little, uh, Cochin thingys.
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Christine
1 Barred Rock, 1 EE, 3 Light Brahma, 4 Buff Orpington, 4 Gold Laced Wyandotte, 1 Golden Comet, 1 Indian River, 10 EE bantams, 1 OEGB, 1 Millie and 1 White d'Uccle and a couple of mixed up little, uh, Cochin thingys.
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post #8 of 55

I feed my chickens bread, usually 1/2 loaf at a time.  I see no difference in egg laying.  They love it.

Wife to a DH, slave to 1 Chihuahua, 1 mini Dashound, 1 Dorky,1 Rott, 3 House cats,3 feral cat , to many chicks and chickens to count, bunny rabbits, 1 Pygmy goat, 11 Nigerians.
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Wife to a DH, slave to 1 Chihuahua, 1 mini Dashound, 1 Dorky,1 Rott, 3 House cats,3 feral cat , to many chicks and chickens to count, bunny rabbits, 1 Pygmy goat, 11 Nigerians.
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post #9 of 55

I have to save up about 2 to 3 loaves before I go to the chicken yard.

One "chick, chick, chick" and they KNOW it is BBRREEAADD time !!

They simplly love the stuff. The smart ones are at our feet and the guinea's are the worst beggers !!

I do not feed bread except twice a month or so. I wait for a very humid day like right afer a rain. This way I know they are full of protein after the free range. Bugs and worms are usually out.

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Guinea Info:   http://www.guineafowlinternational.org/


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Guinea Data:   http://avibase.bsc-eoc.org/species.jsp?avibaseid=1044B438EE7556BB


Guinea Info:   http://www.guineafowlinternational.org/


Guinea Keets:   visit your local hatchery


Poultry Solutions:   http://msucares.com/poultry/diseases/solutions.html



Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -Albert Einstein

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post #10 of 55

If you give your Leghorn-type hen 4 slices of white bread, she has about all of the calories that she needs for the day.

If you give her 5 slices of white bread, she has probably eaten all the food she can stuff inside herself for the day.

If you give her 8 slices of white bread, she may just have enough protein to lay an egg.

Of course, the Little Tub of Chicken Fat won't eat 3 of those 8 slices.

Steve
USDA bread, white, commercially prepared


Edited by digitS' - 12/14/08 at 8:36pm
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