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I am new to a lot of things, but I keep seeing sweet feed in store.  States for all farm animals and has all kinds of grazing animals and chicken on the front.  Can anyone enlighten me?  What is the purpose, is it like scratch?  There are no "feeding instructions" on the back and I cannot see what it looks like and have never seen an employee as I was browsing. Thanks.

1 greatly tolerant and participating husband, 2 kids, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 gerbs, 1 guinea pig, several fish. My flock of untold number (really don't know and afraid to count) of chickens, productions, J. Giants, asst bantums, EE, barred & white rocks, L.brahma, SLW, buckeyes, BO, and RIR.
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1 greatly tolerant and participating husband, 2 kids, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 gerbs, 1 guinea pig, several fish. My flock of untold number (really don't know and afraid to count) of chickens, productions, J. Giants, asst bantums, EE, barred & white rocks, L.brahma, SLW, buckeyes, BO, and RIR.
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post #2 of 20

Sweet feed is usually rolled grains with molasses added. We feed it to horses, cows, sheep, and goats.

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Originally Posted by jtbrown 

I am new to a lot of things, but I keep seeing sweet feed in store.  States for all farm animals and has all kinds of grazing animals and chicken on the front.  Can anyone enlighten me?  What is the purpose, is it like scratch?  There are no "feeding instructions" on the back and I cannot see what it looks like and have never seen an employee as I was browsing. Thanks.


Like the previous poster stated it's a feed for horses, cattle, etc. Chickens do LOVE it. If you do get some I would give it sparingly as a treat.

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Great hubby, 2 kids, 3 furry babies, lots of chickens!!

Blue, Black & Splash Marans. Blue Slate, Narragansett, & Rio Grand Turkeys, 

Guineas & Bob White Quail! NPIP Certified #851

 

 

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Thanks, I may get some more toward winter when they cannot free range in the evening like I usually have them doing.  With a name like Sweet Feed, it sounds like it would be good. Thanks again!

1 greatly tolerant and participating husband, 2 kids, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 gerbs, 1 guinea pig, several fish. My flock of untold number (really don't know and afraid to count) of chickens, productions, J. Giants, asst bantums, EE, barred & white rocks, L.brahma, SLW, buckeyes, BO, and RIR.
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1 greatly tolerant and participating husband, 2 kids, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 gerbs, 1 guinea pig, several fish. My flock of untold number (really don't know and afraid to count) of chickens, productions, J. Giants, asst bantums, EE, barred & white rocks, L.brahma, SLW, buckeyes, BO, and RIR.
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When we had horses and cows we only fed it to animals we were trying to get or keep weight on.  Horses who were working every day or animals that were breeding and milking or nursing.  I'd be afraid of my chickens blowing up big and fat on that stuff!  But I guess if you fed it very sparingly, as a treat, it might be ok.

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wife to long suffering husband who has built more miles of fence, barns, coops and enclosures then one man should have to, two teenage boys, current flock of 13 assorted hens, 1 big red roo and a list of other assorted farm animals. 
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post #6 of 20

It is basically junk food for animals. Definitely use sparingly.

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My backyard flock: 9 Araucana girls, 2 Araucana boys, 1 Olive Egger!

 

Mini Yooper Goats and Other Critters

My website for my Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Araucana Chickens, and Magpie Ducks

 

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post #7 of 20

Sweet feed is simply grain rolled in molasses. It's horrible for horses!! For chickens I don't know if it would be nutritious or not, I would go with a layer or broiler feed.
It smells good that's for sure. It would make a good air freshener.

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post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by jtbrown 

I am new to a lot of things, but I keep seeing sweet feed in store.  States for all farm animals and has all kinds of grazing animals and chicken on the front.  Can anyone enlighten me?  What is the purpose, is it like scratch?  There are no "feeding instructions" on the back and I cannot see what it looks like and have never seen an employee as I was browsing. Thanks.


I mix 5O lbs of corn with 5O lbs of 12% sweet feed. It has oats, corn, alfalfa and molasses wth minerals and is usually 7 bucks a bag. Ive  fed it for years to our horses and goats and use it as a scratch/treat for our birds.

post #9 of 20

Sounds like granola for chickens!

post #10 of 20

Wow! I did not realize chickens could have it. We used to mix it with corn to feed to the deer. They certainly liked it. big_smile It definently looked good and smelled wonderful!

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I have 20 chickens, two cats, 3 dogs, and live on 20 acres in the country. Chickens are my hobby. I am continually working to better my chicken practices and to better my flocks. Don't let a bad day make you think that you have a bad life. Live, learn, and enjoy the ride folks. 

 

"Be the change you wish to see in this world." 

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