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post #11 of 23

KattyKillFish,

lol...yes they chase my mittens, and also the cuffs of my one white chunky jumper.  It is so much fun .  they never fail to spot it stickingout from the cuff of my jacket.  Then they start climbing all over me searching for the white stuff. they get so disappointed that it doesn't taste right.

I love giving them spaghetti and treats and watching the antics. They get in such a mess.

Jena.

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The Welsh Witch, mother to one insane Border Collie, 2 Comets(Goldfish) and 4 Black Rock Beauties, and now 3 Copper Blue Marans and 2 White Splash Marans.  Ohhh and 2 sons (all grown up so I need something else to keep me busy).
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post #12 of 23

I gave my hens a roasted lamb bone with some meat on it last night ..wow scary what they will do to a piece of meat!!!! sickbyc

I have 11 laying hens, 2 EE, 2 RIR, 1 barred rock cross, 1 barred rock, 1 Duchess of Orpington, a Spangled Hamburg, a big black Jersey Giant and 2 leghorns..wonderful grown kids..3 beautiful grandkids
2 Am Staff's , 2 Panama yellow head parrots, some fish and a great big handsome husband of 30 years
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I have 11 laying hens, 2 EE, 2 RIR, 1 barred rock cross, 1 barred rock, 1 Duchess of Orpington, a Spangled Hamburg, a big black Jersey Giant and 2 leghorns..wonderful grown kids..3 beautiful grandkids
2 Am Staff's , 2 Panama yellow head parrots, some fish and a great big handsome husband of 30 years
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post #13 of 23

so if they eat scraps and forage on the land for bugs...how much feed does each chicken consume per day or week? (roughly)

YEAH...They are here 4.21.09
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post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by HiDelight 

I gave my hens a roasted lamb bone with some meat on it last night ..wow scary what they will do to a piece of meat!!!! sickbyc


Remember, they're just little dinosaurs. wink

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southern :: artist :: SAHM :: 1 husband, 1 son :: 2 cats :: Australorps, Easter Eggers, Polish, Speckled Sussex
Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.
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post #15 of 23

DO NOT GIVE THEM ONIONS, AVOCADO SKINS, POTATO SKINS...

Google toxic plants and poultry, that might help.

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post #16 of 23

Here's my list (developed to share with neighbors who I give eggs!)

CHICKEN SCRAPS AND OTHER EGG TRADES:
I appreciate any trades for eggs especially including food scraps for the chickens. 

Chickens can eat EVERYTHING except:
* no chicken products (please no chicken meat, eggs, or egg shells)
* no moldy or spoiled food.  Wilted is OK.
* no potato peels (green potato peels are especially bad, but even non-green ones are not very good raw - non-green potato peels are OK if cooked)
* no avocado
* no shell beans (dried beans); OK if cooked.
* no onions or garlic - this last one added because the eggs did taste weird.

Edited to add - some people do feed their chickens chicken products.  They will eat them.  I think it is a bad idea to feed chickens chicken, so that is my policy.


Edited by vermontgal - 3/23/09 at 6:38pm

A varied urban flock of 1 SLW (Lacie), 1 BR (Claudia), 1 BA (Sheila), and 1 Welsummer (Cassie).  New in May 2012: four miniature Silver Appleyard ducklings, now being raised by Lacie.

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A varied urban flock of 1 SLW (Lacie), 1 BR (Claudia), 1 BA (Sheila), and 1 Welsummer (Cassie).  New in May 2012: four miniature Silver Appleyard ducklings, now being raised by Lacie.

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post #17 of 23

Mine murdered the leftover birthday cake this afternoon, once they figured out it wasnt going to eat them first!!


watermelons and tomatoes are still the biggest squawk makers!!

post #18 of 23

We feed ours house scraps, between the chooks, the compost bins and the worm farm nothing leaves the property smile
Basically, if I would eat it, I feed it to the chooks, except avocado and chicken meat (I don't mind feeding them cooked egg scraps, they love it).  Our raw vege scraps go into the compost/worm bin anyway, so they mostly get cooked leftovers.
In the first 6 months of having 5 chooks we only used one 25kg bag of scratch grain along with lots of snails (we collect them at night from the vege patch), greens and scraps, which makes for some very economically friendly eggs (well, if you ignore the chicken ritz my dh built them, lol).
HTH
Lily

Mama to two girls, 1 cat, 4 lavendar araucana hens, 3 bantam cochin hens, 4 mixed breed hens, 2 coturnix quail hens, 1 coturnix roo.  More in the 'bator
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Mama to two girls, 1 cat, 4 lavendar araucana hens, 3 bantam cochin hens, 4 mixed breed hens, 2 coturnix quail hens, 1 coturnix roo.  More in the 'bator
Living in Lower Hutt, NZ
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post #19 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by vermontgal 

Here's my list (developed to share with neighbors who I give eggs!)

CHICKEN SCRAPS AND OTHER EGG TRADES:
I appreciate any trades for eggs especially including food scraps for the chickens. 

Chickens can eat EVERYTHING except:
* no chicken products (please no chicken meat, eggs, or egg shells)
* no moldy or spoiled food.  Wilted is OK.
* no potato peels (green potato peels are especially bad, but even non-green ones are not very good raw - non-green potato peels are OK if cooked)
* no avocado
* no shell beans (dried beans); OK if cooked.
* no onions or garlic - this last one added because the eggs did taste weird.

Edited to add - some people do feed their chickens chicken products.  They will eat them.  I think it is a bad idea to feed chickens chicken, so that is my policy.


I give mine all  kitchen scraps,  cooked potato peels,  no garlic and onion (they will not eat it anyway) no spicy food.

No heavy grease  or salty  food (excessive salt is toxic to chicken).

I give them dried  crushed  eggshells,  calcium  as good as oyster shells and it is free.

All kinds of  cooked meat including chicken (they don't know they are eating their own kind  LOL).

Good  Lord  made birds  of meat   for us  to eat.
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Good  Lord  made birds  of meat   for us  to eat.
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post #20 of 23

I don't want my neighbors giving my chickens egg shells from OTHER chickens.  I do feed them their own.  I don't know for sure, but I think that having egg shells from other chickens could spread disease? 

So, rather than going into all this detail, I just say no egg shells.

Good point that I should add no salty foods.  Most people I know don't eat that stuff anyhow.

A varied urban flock of 1 SLW (Lacie), 1 BR (Claudia), 1 BA (Sheila), and 1 Welsummer (Cassie).  New in May 2012: four miniature Silver Appleyard ducklings, now being raised by Lacie.

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A varied urban flock of 1 SLW (Lacie), 1 BR (Claudia), 1 BA (Sheila), and 1 Welsummer (Cassie).  New in May 2012: four miniature Silver Appleyard ducklings, now being raised by Lacie.

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