bowl or ground

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by JulieJo1216, Nov 11, 2014.

  1. JulieJo1216

    JulieJo1216 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 17, 2014
    Can I feed my 9 week old chicks live meal worms? My wyandotte that's 2 years loves them.
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    They should be old enough of course I wouldn't want to be around when that happens - [​IMG] Welcome to Backyard chickens. sometimes grown chickens will catch and eat snakes and mice, I don't want to witness that either. Blah
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  3. JulieJo1216

    JulieJo1216 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 17, 2014
    Do chickens prefer to have there scraps on the ground of the run or in a bowl. The scrapes when I put on the ground get dirty then it gets moldy. I know its probable a silly question but iv Only been a chicken keeper since this last august. [​IMG]
  4. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    If your scraps are getting moldy you are giving way too much, scraps should never last long enough to even think about getting moldy... When I give my chickens scraps 75% of the scraps are gone within about 15 minutes, and then they proceed to clean up all the rest of scraps within the next few hours at their leisure... Anything left over and found the next day is removed as they are likely not going to eat it...

    As for feeding them on the ground or in a boil, I use a large cookie sheet or plastic bus pan, but within about 5 minutes (for my chickens and guineas) it's almost all on the ground anyway from their pecking and tossing it everywhere in their made feeding frenzy... In the end I don't think it matters much for chickens... On the other hand my peas actually have some manners and don't go into a toss it everywhere frenzy and thus almost all their food remains on the cookie sheet or in the bus pan until they are done...
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. X2 on MeepBeep. If your table scraps are getting moldy, you are giving them way too many. Treats such as table scraps should make up less than 10 % of your chickens' total diet or they will become fat and unhealthy. Commercial feeds are specially formulated to meet a chicken's nutritional needs which treats will not do. Feeding your chickens too many treats is the equivalent of us eating potato chips and candy bars. Also reducing their table scraps to less than 10 % of their diet will solve your mold problem. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
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  6. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    X2 on the mold. Only put out what the birds will consume in 10 or 15 mins. What ever they leave needs to be cleaned up. I like to put things in bowls. I use sand and everything gets all dirty. So what ever works for you in your situation. But never leave food out to go moldy. Moldy food can kill your birds.

    Enjoy your flock and welcome to ours!
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2014
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Yes, your chicks can have a few mealworms right now, as long as you also provide them with small grit. Otherwise, they may have trouble digesting the tough mealworm skins.

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