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Is Feeding Chickens Bread Okay?

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We have a source of getting cheap bread that has been pulled of the shelf of grocery store.  It isn't moldy or anything, they just can't sell it.  My question - Is it okay to feed bread to chickens?  We have only been giving them a little at a time, and so far, I haven't seen any adverse effects.  I just wanted to make sure it isn't going to cause any long term side effects.  We aren't using it as a sole source of food, as I am still giving them their regular amount of feed.

Thanks.

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Yes it is just fine to feed it like you have been.  You are right not to use it as a main feed.  Congrats on the bread source!  I am always hunting around for something like that , but don't have to much luck.  Except my MIL!  Every time she cleans out a fridge or freezer, its all mine!

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Are you planning on keeping these hens for years and years, or will they become soup after their egg production falls off?

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7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
My micro-farm blog - www.bluefeatherfarm.blogspot.com
Duck pond and biofilter information- http://tinyurl.com/lfgeg9
The Double-Decker Brooder Thread- http://tinyurl.com/nf8zm5
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post #4 of 10

Yes it is just fine, just don't feed so much of it to where they aren't eating their feed. use as a treat and they will love it. let it get kinda stail and hard first it makes it easier to feed.

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As good as a few and better than most, What You'll Tolerate in your flock is what you'll get.
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Standard White Cornish, Dark's & White laced Red Cornish Breeder..........If you don't have Cornish you don't have Chickens. Breeding the best, to the best.
As good as a few and better than most, What You'll Tolerate in your flock is what you'll get.
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Originally Posted by Wifezilla 

Are you planning on keeping these hens for years and years, or will they become soup after their egg production falls off?


They will become soup after production falls.  Number rule for animals at our house:  If your not contributing, you're gone.  No freeloaders allowed.  I care about my chickens, but they are employees not guests.

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post #6 of 10

I know some folks that get left over pizza crust from a restaurant. Its already hard when they get them so they break part of it up and throw around the ground and then they soak part in water in an old cooler(their flock loves it soaked!).

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Have a great hubby, mother to two great kids... We have a Barred Rock, Buff Std Cochin, EE, Buff Columbian Cochin bantam, Blue Andalusian, Brown Leghorn, FBCM, Game hen, frizzle, a splash Polish pair, one handsome Black Ameraucana roo and a handful of play pretty Silkies.
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post #7 of 10

In that case, I wouldn't worry about it. For long term health it isn't so hot, but if they are going to be soup anyway, I would do what I can to keep the feed bill down.

7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
My micro-farm blog - www.bluefeatherfarm.blogspot.com
Duck pond and biofilter information- http://tinyurl.com/lfgeg9
The Double-Decker Brooder Thread- http://tinyurl.com/nf8zm5
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7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
My micro-farm blog - www.bluefeatherfarm.blogspot.com
Duck pond and biofilter information- http://tinyurl.com/lfgeg9
The Double-Decker Brooder Thread- http://tinyurl.com/nf8zm5
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post #8 of 10

brf: don't forget with Thanksgiving coming save some of that bread for homemade stuffing !smile

post #9 of 10

Bread is also good for warm mash on very cold mornings....just add bread to your feed with hot water and you can add all sorts of other things like
raisins, nuts, cut up meat leftovers, cracked cortn and other grains, etc.....  I do this first thing in the morning when the temps are way low.  It gives them a quick heat up.

Feeding them so cracked corn or chicken scratch as  a treat at night will also help keep them warm  overnight.

Sandra

Nov '08: Alpha to 4EE's, 2RIR, 1Buff Orp, 2 Jersey Giant, 1AsilXwelsummer, 1 australorpX?, 1 EE roo, and 4 runneducks* I promised DH we we're @ capacity-what was I thinking!!--that was a chicken ago--the neighbor needed a new home for her lone chicken--and a duck ago...a friend who needed a home for their runner duck who thinks it's a cross between a human and a chicken!!!!!
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Nov '08: Alpha to 4EE's, 2RIR, 1Buff Orp, 2 Jersey Giant, 1AsilXwelsummer, 1 australorpX?, 1 EE roo, and 4 runneducks* I promised DH we we're @ capacity-what was I thinking!!--that was a chicken ago--the neighbor needed a new home for her lone chicken--and a duck ago...a friend who needed a home for their runner duck who thinks it's a cross between a human and a chicken!!!!!
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post #10 of 10

i have got 6 2week old chicks and the chick crumb isnt filling them would it b okay to give them bread n water

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