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For treats mine get peanut hearts, BOSS, meal worms, chopped kale, crasins, scratch,, grapes, cherry tomatoes, scrambeled eggs, all of our table scraps that are OK. Not all at once of course.  I credit the peanut hearts for refeathering my cochin frizzle who had a 9 month long molt. She was laying eggs while molting.

Currently our chicken family consists of Bantam Blue Wheaten & Wheaten Ameracuna's, Bantam Cochin, Bantam Welsummer, Bantam Cuckoo Marans, Bantam Silver Laced Wyandottes, Bantam New Hampshires, a blue sizzle, a white silkie, and 2 special needs hens. We have had backyard poultry for over 30 years We are a NPIP Certified flock NH14-226.

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Currently our chicken family consists of Bantam Blue Wheaten & Wheaten Ameracuna's, Bantam Cochin, Bantam Welsummer, Bantam Cuckoo Marans, Bantam Silver Laced Wyandottes, Bantam New Hampshires, a blue sizzle, a white silkie, and 2 special needs hens. We have had backyard poultry for over 30 years We are a NPIP Certified flock NH14-226.

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post #62 of 82
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Originally Posted by Brookliner View Post

For treats mine get peanut hearts, BOSS, meal worms, chopped kale, crasins, scratch,, grapes, cherry tomatoes, scrambeled eggs, all of our table scraps that are OK. Not all at once of course.  I credit the peanut hearts for refeathering my cochin frizzle who had a 9 month long molt. She was laying eggs while molting.

What are peanut hearts?

post #63 of 82

PEANUT HEARTS: I get them in the wild bird food section of Blue Seal Feed Store. They are the pieces of raw peanut the little tiny bits that you find between the two halves of the peanut. They are very high in protein.

Currently our chicken family consists of Bantam Blue Wheaten & Wheaten Ameracuna's, Bantam Cochin, Bantam Welsummer, Bantam Cuckoo Marans, Bantam Silver Laced Wyandottes, Bantam New Hampshires, a blue sizzle, a white silkie, and 2 special needs hens. We have had backyard poultry for over 30 years We are a NPIP Certified flock NH14-226.

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Currently our chicken family consists of Bantam Blue Wheaten & Wheaten Ameracuna's, Bantam Cochin, Bantam Welsummer, Bantam Cuckoo Marans, Bantam Silver Laced Wyandottes, Bantam New Hampshires, a blue sizzle, a white silkie, and 2 special needs hens. We have had backyard poultry for over 30 years We are a NPIP Certified flock NH14-226.

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post #64 of 82

How easy is it to raise mealworms? I buy dried ones for my girls but they are very expensive.

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Besides old leftovers from fridge we only treat the chickens black oil sunflower seeds in winter. Only 14% protein but super high in crude fat (25-35%). Just about anything they can scratch around for in winter keeps them from being bored. Gives a highlight to each day at least.

Above is basically what I do also. Except I will also give animal protein when we have leftovers. What I like to do on particularly cold mornings is to make hot oatmeal or corn mush and add some animal protein . They seem to really enjoy it and it gets them up and moving around after a really cold night on the roost.


Edited by bairo - 2/17/13 at 5:27am
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How easy is it to raise mealworms? I buy dried ones for my girls but they are very expensive.


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post #67 of 82

leftover pancakes w/ yogurt. Floating fish pellets in warm water. Gone in less than 5 minutes. Wish i had taken a pic of Molly with yogurt all over her face and comb. Funny!!

post #68 of 82

You could try some peanut butter treats or chopped peanuts they are high in protein or wild bird treats with peanut butter in it. Also give them leftover scrambled eggs and the egg shells.

post #69 of 82

I know Farmer's Helper has some good stuff. Their ultra kibble seems to stimulate the birds well. The forage cakes might keep them occupied. 

 

http://www.wildbirdsuets.com/foragecakes/kibble.htm

 

http://www.jefferspet.com/ultrakibble/camid/LIV/cp/0040381/cn/3507/

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post #70 of 82
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When sunflower seeds are mentioned, do you mean the shelled kind? Or, is it okay to give them the kind I buy for the wild birds with the shells still on?

 

Oddly enough, Black Oil Sunflower Seed, shell on is VERY popular with my girls. I wouldn't think it would even taste like anything with the shell on but as soon as the brave ones tried it and came back for more, swallowing as many as they could as fast as possible, the more timid girls joined in. Birds that would never take ANYTHING out of my hand rush in to grab as much as they can. Sharp beaks on those girls!

 

No one has mentioned egg rolls, as in Chinese food. I can't eat them (gluten intolerance) and my wife and daughter put the extras in the fridge and forget about them. We do Chinese every Friday. There were 3 from last week in the fridge and FIVE from the prior week. I chopped up the older ones and heated them in the microwave (all of 9 F this morning). The girls were in Chicken Culinary Heaven. Not one scrap left. I suspect they are going to be disappointed when they don't get more tomorrow.

 

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Edited by bruceha2000 - 2/18/13 at 12:11pm

2 each: Ancona, Astralorp, Cubalaya, Salmon Faverolles. 1 Partridge Chantecler, had 2 but 1 died March 2014 for no apparent reason. 1 Easter Egger, the other was taken by a predator mid April. From Ideal Poultry, hatched June 12, 2012



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2 each: Ancona, Astralorp, Cubalaya, Salmon Faverolles. 1 Partridge Chantecler, had 2 but 1 died March 2014 for no apparent reason. 1 Easter Egger, the other was taken by a predator mid April. From Ideal Poultry, hatched June 12, 2012



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