BOSS..how much how often? and benefits?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chickie<3, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. chickie<3

    chickie<3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read on here how much their chickens love BOSS..so i bought some today and the girls looked at it like but didnt go for it..i threw some on the grass.. i saw them picking at the grass later on..assuming they were eating the BOSS..how much and how often should I throw it out there and what are the benefits of BOSS?
     
  2. sharol

    sharol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I gave a little to my 10 week olds and they weren't interested. Then a week or so later, it was raining and they were "cooped up" so I tossed a handfull on the floor (wood shavings) of their coop. They dived into them like they were starving, so apparently there is a learning curve.

    Someone here said to wait until they were 16-18 weeks old to give them BOSS on any sort of regular basis. I'm saving them for rainy days.


    chickie<3 :

    I read on here how much their chickens love BOSS..so i bought some today and the girls looked at it like but didnt go for it..i threw some on the grass.. i saw them picking at the grass later on..assuming they were eating the BOSS..how much and how often should I throw it out there and what are the benefits of BOSS?​
     
  3. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just give a couple handfuls a day to my flock.


    It contains a lot of fat, so it is good for egg laying, good feathers, gaining weight, etc...
     
  4. Pet Duck Boy

    Pet Duck Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2009
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    I give 2-3 generous handfuls a day for my 5 girls. Always one in the morning, to give them something to do while they continue their nosiy egg-laying, and one in the evening. Sometimes another handful in the afternoon. It's a good energy source, like corn, but unlike corn it has much more protein and does not disrupt egg-laying as much. The high oil content is also great for keeping feathers shiny, feather growth, and water-proofing.
     
  5. 3chimama

    3chimama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls are always hanging out under the bird feeder picking through some that fell..
     
  6. dedicateddourly

    dedicateddourly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 19-week old girls only eat it if I shell it for them [​IMG]

    Spoiled girls.
     
  7. MarieNC

    MarieNC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I give my 6 girls about a cup a day, scattered around to keep them busy. Sometimes I will rake it under the sand so they can scratch around looking for it. However, their all time favorite treat is millet seed.
     
  8. pharmchickrnmom

    pharmchickrnmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use it to make my girls do the work in the tractor. After I rake all the litter into a big pile in the middle of the tractor, I throw in a few handfuls of boss and they run in and start scratching for it! When I come back to check on them, they have the litter all spread out and turned over nicely! It is a daily ritual that benefits both of us and their feathers look beautiful and the eggs are superb. I am careful to make it only a treat at that time so they will eat their regular laying pellets. Like any diet, too much of anything is not good for anybody, including chickens!
     
  9. mgw

    mgw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We give ours 1-2 handfuls per day they love it, makes their feathers full and shiney!
     
  10. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    I buy a 40 pound bag from Tractor Supply, since I also use it for my bird feeders. I just mix it with my scratch mix, and throw it out with the scratch. They eat every bit of it.
     

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