Always hungry!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Michele42, Aug 18, 2016.

  1. Michele42

    Michele42 New Egg

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    I have food for my 3 hens at all times. I give scratch with goodies to them once a day. In the AM they come running to me like they are starving. So I've been giving them some fruit or veggies every morning. Do I need to give anything more?
     
  2. kimberley848

    kimberley848 Out Of The Brooder

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    My girls are like that too, and they have two 10 lb feeders that I keep full, so I know it's not them being hungry that makes them come running, it's the possibility of snacks or being let out for yard time.
     
  3. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

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    They should self-regulate as long as they have free-choice layer, all-flock, or homemade feed available to them all the time. Scratch and other treats like veggies should only make up about 10 percent of their diet. Good luck! [​IMG]
     
  4. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    I was having the same problem...My hens would hardly touch the feed and wait for the snacks. Mine free range twice a day. I cut back on all treats and put out a small bowl of feed in the yard and they now eat the feed. I give fruit and veggies maybe twice a week.
    I only use scratch to call my hens to do a head count while out free ranging. I have small hands so two fists of scratch on the ground if I need to find them.
    Treats should only be 10% on any given day.
     

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