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What snacks DON'T or chickens like???

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I have Delawares, Anconas and Wyandottes. Of all the different snacks I've given them I've found that they really don't like apple-sauce or bananas.

 

What snacks have you found your flock to be not-so-fond of??? 

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Pumpkin. We bought a little deco pumpkin for Halloween and when festivities were done we cut it open and gave it to the girls. My layers took to it after a few hours of dubiousness but my banties just looked at it and avoided it.
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That's interesting - mine will knock each other over for bananas!  Mine seem to ignore carrots - even the peeling which they should be able to slurp down like spaghetti - they won't touch.

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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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Ditto on Carrots & any thing citrus.

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post #5 of 381

Citrus isn't good for chickens, so steer away from that.

 

 

 

Carrots, cucumbers and zucchini--- not yummy

 

Peaches, pears and apples--- to-die-for lol.png

 

It's the shape that makes the breed, and the color that makes the variety.

 

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It's the shape that makes the breed, and the color that makes the variety.

 

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We don't give it to them because they don't like it but why is it bad for them?  I had only heard not to give potato skins, and onions and peppers, the latter two because they affect the taste of the eggs.

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post #7 of 381
Something in citrus is poisonous to them. There's a thread around here somewhere with a complete list of no-no foods and why. Also, alvacado skins are toxic to them too.
Edited by Chick_In_The_Burbs - 1/2/13 at 6:13pm
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We don't give it to them because they don't like it but why is it bad for them?  I had only heard not to give potato skins, and onions and peppers, the latter two because they affect the taste of the eggs.

Citrus is very acidic. People can get heartburn if they eat too much, so imagine you can kind of imagine how harsh it is on chickens. 

 

Here's a great article with a treat chart:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-treat-chart-the-best-treats-for-backyard-chickens

 

It's the shape that makes the breed, and the color that makes the variety.

 

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It's the shape that makes the breed, and the color that makes the variety.

 

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post #9 of 381

Thanks Jersey for the chart.  We have mostly done ours by trial and error.  We try to feed them "natural" stuff and I did do a search early on to see if anything was a no no and that is where I got the afore mentioned items but never saw anything on citrus.  We just never give it to them because the once or twice we tried, they didn't eat it.  Guess we just have smart birds.wink.png

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My flock loves everything I have offered to them, pumpkin, eggs,carrots,tomatoe, cucumber, zuccini, melons, squash, they love warm oatmeal, banana, apples, pears,plums... Mixed veggies cabbage,lettuce they are the excess scrap eating machines.. I call them my spoiled feathered ladies,, guess just lucky... I did read once no,citrus because it can,be poisonous...
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