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Do you feed your ducks and chickens any kitchen scraps like potato peels, carrot peels, apple peels etc.?

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My ducks get some scraps- but mostly they get fresh fruit and vegetables cut up daily just for them... ( yeah they are spoilt )  I dont give them potato peelings- but most other things from left overs go to them as well.
Scraps from salad items  - Lettuce , tomato, cucumber, beetroot, cabbage.
Fruit - pretty much anything- apples, banana, mangoe, watermellon, manderines, peaches, plums.
Vegetables- peas, beans, carrots, brocoli, cauliflower.

left overs such as
Cooked vegetables
Rice
pasta
bread - only the crust ends of each loaf. 
Nothing with any meat or bones in it though.

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post #3 of 15

I give them most of our table scraps with the exception of raw celery, raw potato peels and onions.  The first two are dangerous for them to have and I don't want their eggs to have an "oniony" taste.  I will on occasion give the chickens meat/chicken scraps as long as it's cut up real small.  I also only give them what I know they will eat completely in a few minutes.  I don't want food scraps lying around attracting rats!

I LOVE my chickens and ducks and geese!  Life just wouldn't be the same without some animals in it...

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I LOVE my chickens and ducks and geese!  Life just wouldn't be the same without some animals in it...

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onions are poisonous to chickens and ducks.. celery they will choke on.. ( except for the leafy part... ) also avacados are poisonous..

they can have potato skins if cooked.. but sparingly..

Mine get chopped up carrot scrapings, also chopped cucumber skins, tomtoes, grapes, strawberry tops, peas, ... I have also planted a fall garden and have mixed lettuces, collard greens, beets, turnip greens,arugula ,  carrots and green beans..  these are for us but I figured why not pick stuff that the ducks can have too.. cause when it freezes here there will be no grass for them till spring and buying the romaine, mixed organic lettuce etc. gets expensive.. even though I buy it 4 lb container at sams...

Home to  3 ducks ( Stanley & Daisy WH,  & Magpie " Ellie",   1 hen ,  3 cats, 2 dogs, backyard full of squirrels and song birds.
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Home to  3 ducks ( Stanley & Daisy WH,  & Magpie " Ellie",   1 hen ,  3 cats, 2 dogs, backyard full of squirrels and song birds.
http://www.duckhaven.org/
http://www.mthollyducksanctuary.com/

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post #5 of 15

I don't give mine table scraps.  For snacks, I give them cracked corn (for winter), and I have a garden every year so they get fruits and veggies.  I know alot of people do give the dinner scraps to chickens, but I feel that it's not healthy.  These kinds of foods can cause fatty liver disease.  (I even feed the cracked corn in moderation.)

Currently keeping a flock of 14 chickens, one rooster and 13 hens.  I have three Easter Eggers, three Golden Buffs, two Marans and six Buff Brahmas.  My hobbies are gardening, chicken keeping, and beekeeping.  I'm married with two sons, a step son and daughter, and two really cute grandkids!
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Currently keeping a flock of 14 chickens, one rooster and 13 hens.  I have three Easter Eggers, three Golden Buffs, two Marans and six Buff Brahmas.  My hobbies are gardening, chicken keeping, and beekeeping.  I'm married with two sons, a step son and daughter, and two really cute grandkids!
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post #6 of 15

Mine get leftovers like, "you didn't want that apple?"  "then why did you take a bite out of it?"  "It's been sitting on my counter all day, go give it to the chickens!" 

I also have given my chickens the carcass of our turkey after we carve all the meat off and let them pick off whatever is on the bones.  big_smile

                                    Hi, my name is Maria.  I have 2 dogs, a cat, and not enough chickens. 

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                                    Hi, my name is Maria.  I have 2 dogs, a cat, and not enough chickens. 

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post #7 of 15

I occasionally give vegetable and fruit scraps, but most goes in the compost heap at the other end of the property. No meat outside, ever. The reasoning behind it is simple- I don't want any missed bits on the ground attracting predators like rats, possums or raccoons.

My pens are secure but I learned the hard way to never say completely secure. hmm

Don't get all your exercise leaping to conclusions!

Poultry- they may be your pets, they may be your hobby, they may be your livestock. But remember, if you fall down in the pen, unconscious? They WILL eat you.
Chicken Tender of 20 years

 

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Don't get all your exercise leaping to conclusions!

Poultry- they may be your pets, they may be your hobby, they may be your livestock. But remember, if you fall down in the pen, unconscious? They WILL eat you.
Chicken Tender of 20 years

 

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post #8 of 15

Mine get the scraps.  Today was apple peel (the dogs got some too!)  Everyone said pumpkin but they have had a baby pumpkin cut in half for about a week and have barely touched it.  Ripe pears, blueberries, oatmeal and just about any green I can find they love.  Someone at work sent them a can of cat food and they attacked it.  But I wouldn't make the cat food a habit.

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My girls get our dinner scraps. They have their own special bowl. When they see me walk out the door after dinner shaking their dish they come running. They love meat. I also give them a cup full of cracked corn every other day.
yippiechickie

Sometimes I'll let our favorite hen "momma chicken" into the kitchen. She will stand their patiently waiting for her treat.

8 hens, 3 turkeys, 1 son, 1 daughter, 1 fiance
Raised in the city, recently moved to the country. First (now second) year with chickens. Love it!!
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8 hens, 3 turkeys, 1 son, 1 daughter, 1 fiance
Raised in the city, recently moved to the country. First (now second) year with chickens. Love it!!
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post #10 of 15

My chickens get scraps regularly and homecooked meals occasionally.  They love mashed potatoes and any kind of pasta.  When it's cold out I'll get out the big stockpot and make them up a mess of oatmeal and eggs and serve it to them while it's still warm.  They go nuts over that.  I bake them flock blocks which will invariably have whatever leftover veggies are in the fridge added to it, I once even threw in some leftover sausage.

Lor-Greg's main chick, Mom to eight kids, 3 dogs, no one knows how many cats, two Jersey cows, four dairy goats, Giant Cochins, Bourbon Turkeys, Midget White Turkeys, and now Standard Bronze Turkeys.
"Nothing worse than a monster who thinks he's right with God."-Capt. Mal
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Lor-Greg's main chick, Mom to eight kids, 3 dogs, no one knows how many cats, two Jersey cows, four dairy goats, Giant Cochins, Bourbon Turkeys, Midget White Turkeys, and now Standard Bronze Turkeys.
"Nothing worse than a monster who thinks he's right with God."-Capt. Mal
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