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is it ok to feed chickens olive oil in the winter.
Before I did I just wanted to check if anyone
does or has and if there are any dangers.
thanks alot
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Hello and welcome to BYC frow.gif You can add a little to their feed, yes. It's good for them, but remember too much of a good thing will make them fat! Especially olive oil, which is essentially fat. Don't give them too much.

 

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Hmmm...I never thought of that - I'll have to consider that!

I never considered a difference in opinion, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.  - Thomas Jefferson
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I never considered a difference in opinion, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.  - Thomas Jefferson
Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.  - Ben Franklin
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.  - Teddy Roosevelt
 

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Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan big_smile.png

Most animals eat to satisfy their calorie (energy) requirements. If you feed them too high a fat level in their diet, they will eat less food, leading to inadequate intake of other nutrients, such as protein, calcium, and other vitamins and minerals. Packaged feeds are carefully calculated to allow birds to get all the nutrients they need based on tbe amount of food they are expected to eat.

As Sumi said, a little is not bad, but oversupplementing will lead to diet issues.
Edited by 1muttsfan - 12/2/12 at 7:40am

Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 



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Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 



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post #5 of 9
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thanks a lot everyone smile.png
will definitely give them some. what else can
I give them in the winter ??
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Warm oatmeal porridge, scratch grains... There's a thread about it somewhere. I'll have a look... Here it is:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/723017/the-girls-hated-the-oatmeal-so-what-other-foods-for-cold-days

 

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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welcome-byc.gif from California! Try checking out this forum: http://www.backyardchickens.com/f/12/feeding-watering-your-flock

Elizabeth

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thanks guys

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Warm oatmeal porridge, scratch grains... There's a thread about it somewhere. I'll have a look... Here it is:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/723017/the-girls-hated-the-oatmeal-so-what-other-foods-for-cold-days

is it ok to give them honey??
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