Buttermilk- why is it helpful & how to get birds to accept the stuff!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jjthink, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    So I read in threads here and there that people give their birds buttermilk to help them when they're ailing. So I bought buttermilk, not really knowing whether useful or not. Anyway, my birds won't touch the stuff no matter what I mix it with. So I'm about to ditch a quart of buttermilk unless there's a suggestion that tickles their fancy! Any ideas most welcome [​IMG], and that includes any info about why folks think it is such a good thing. Thanks.
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  2. max101

    max101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont know about the quality of giving buttermilk to chickens but maybe you can try to add quick oats to the milk until it is porridge consistency
    They may eat it then
     
  3. real_redhead

    real_redhead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they won't eat it make some cornbread!
     
  4. flowerchild59

    flowerchild59 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try mixing some chopped apples, vitamin mineral mix that is sugary like durvet, a tsp to a cup of buttermilk, add flax seeds or granola or oats.
     
  5. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks [​IMG]
    I tried a mix of oats, flax seed meal, cut up apple bits, buttermilk and a bit of honey....(they have Avia Charge 2000 in their water daily - it's a nutritional supplement with V&M). Maybe its me because I haven't smelled buttermilk before but I detest the smell! Can't tell if that's what it's supposed to smell like or if it's bad! (dated 1010/11 and it's from the health food store but I sure as heck wouldn't drink anything that smells like that! Hope it's okay and that I'm not going to make my BJ roo sicker...). Anyway, they dabbled in it a wee bit....
    JJ
     
  6. flowerchild59

    flowerchild59 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My daughter helps to milk a cow (in exchange for free milk products) and periodically has enough milk to make me some homemade buttermilk or something thicker like a yogurt. It is so yummy I always have a swig or two.
    If you can find a local farmer, try to get some fresh products, they are so much tastier.
     
  7. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    Sounds much better than this stuff which smells like bad milk!
    JJ
     

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