2 questions treats and apple cider in water?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Roxannemc, May 25, 2012.

  1. Roxannemc

    Roxannemc Songster

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    I have be using about a teaspsoon or 1/2 teas of apple cider in mychickens gallon of water.Is that enough or too much and is daily too much?

    Also ihave been giving my 9 weeks old chickens treats. cooked egg Noodles nightly but just a small handful for 11 chickens and one day some watermelon which they ,loveed the red part (like we do).but are they too young for treats?

    What SHOULDNT They eat?

    And also will they get picky with their food and like dogs and cats just wait for the treats and not eat their real food.?
    I seem to have lots of left overs each night as i seem to make too many noodles always for my dishes and rice too..

    The dogs get leftover treats too... but i dont give them noodles too often so its great to give the chickens.
     
  2. Devvy

    Devvy In the Brooder

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    Hard boiled eggs are fine for chicks and even adult birds. I only feed enough that they can gobble up in about 10 minutes. Hard boiled egg is a pretty close to a complete feed for chicks but I still only fed them once day. In the old days they would mix the egg with grains like cornmeal and oatmeal.

    Feeding them by hand is a really good way to get them use to you but as they get older it can become painful!

    I add apple cider vinegar at a rate of 1 tablespoon per gallon. I have extremely hard water full of sand and rust. They drink more water because it is more palatable to them. They almost refuse to drink if I forget to added it. The apple cider vinegar also helps to keep the digestion working good because it supports a good environment for health bacteria. This also a trick old timers would use to prevent diarrhea and internal parasites.

    When I got my chicks this year they had diarrhea from stress and I fed them the mashed up boiled egg with a lactobacillus acidophilus capsule in it. They just pull apart with a nice fine powder inside.
     
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  3. Roxannemc

    Roxannemc Songster

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    OHOH I have fed mine watermelon for a few days now They love itTryed corn ont he cob todayand they really werent that enthused. Noodles they love too
    Heard they can eat i them but wonder if they are too young. now 10 weeks?
     
  4. OHSpartan

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    We picked a bunch of strawberries and threw the caps and stems in the run. they left their food and ran to them first. Mine also love violet leaves.
     

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