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post #101 of 108
But do free range chickens need that? I have never used it and my chickens are doing great.
post #102 of 108
If chickens are lactose intolerant why do so many people feed yogurt to their chickens. I have not ever fed yogurt, just asking.
post #103 of 108
Hey Patywac3,
I have read (& confirmed from my bird vet), that parakeets & other birds are lactose intolerant, hence the comment. However, it seems that chickens are the garbage collectors (adorable as they are) and compose alternative and probably can tolerate most things.
post #104 of 108

Chickens like some other birds are not 100% lactose intolerant..

Chicks have the ability to process some milk sugars better than others.

 

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Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities http://sppa.webs.com/

Breeding Large Fowl Single and Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds to APA Standard


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George Washington

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post #105 of 108
I have two hens that will be a year old in August I mix cracked corn with their layer and really all I see them eat is the corn. They really don't like the layer unless I mix it with a little water just to moisten it a little. And they go crazy over it
post #106 of 108

I feed  eggs  to my hens, nothing better then egg  protein for any one, but  never feed  them a whole  egg, so they wont  make the connection back  to the eggs they lay,  most people  dont  realize chickens are  very  smart beings ..! and once they see something  they will  make  a connection, i  feed hard  boil eggs all mashed up,  & feel  the addition of  egg protein has made my hens  healthier in the long run , been  feeding  egg since they  were young, & I plan to keep all my  beautiful girls  for  as long  as possible , 7 to 11` years, and back in the 1970's most of my hens lived  to  at least 10 years , so  starting  when they are  young  would be best  but  what ever time you start ,feeding mashed up egg  wont lead them to egg eating,  i assure you . they have to see it to know it, so no worries  with that.:thumbsup

post #107 of 108
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Originally Posted by funkychook View Post
 

OH and by the way the chickens will eat anything lol. The funniest thing i have seen and wish i had a video was my jack russell Lucy buried half of a sausage in our garden and my Red Hampshire found it and there was a RUGBY scrum by the other 3 birds chasing her trying to get it off her lol, it was hysterically funny, the winner was my big Muran Pepper who rugby tackled off Matilda (my Red Hempshire), and ran like the wind was under her tail and hid behind the chicken coop to eat it lol. Poor Lucy she did go out in the morning looking for her sausage but it was no where to be found lol.
 

Hilarious!  LOVE the rugby scrum analogy!   :lau

post #108 of 108

Help! My girls are not eating the corn in their scratch, I sweep it up and toss it. I recently changed their food, I noticed that the new food is  corn heavy, it looks like corn meal. I am thinking that is why they are not eating the scratch, is they have enough of corn. I have been thinking of just adding regular winter bird feed to the scratch or instead of the scratch. I have that with out the corn. 

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