Can chicken eat these?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by wrestling_mom, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. wrestling_mom

    wrestling_mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you know the suet things with birdsees, nut and berries? Can they have one once in a while to peck at?
     
  2. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I have given mine one once.

    I had it in the run and it did attract wild birds too though.
     
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  3. wrestling_mom

    wrestling_mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!!
     
  4. kelidei

    kelidei ~*Dances with chickens*~

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    I hang them in my coops beginning at this time of year... they spend more time in the coop and it gives them something to peck at rather than getting any nefarious ideas of pecking one another... and the suet is good for birds during cold weather....[​IMG]
     
  5. AnnieAlbright

    AnnieAlbright Out Of The Brooder

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    I was going to buy one of those at the grocery store, but it says "Not for domesticated birds". Is there a reason for that? Is there something weird in the suet that shouldn't be passed to humans? I can't imagine there is, and they are just covering their butts since it's marketed for wild birds and not "pets".
     
  6. kelidei

    kelidei ~*Dances with chickens*~

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    Quote:I have had chickens for three years and have given them the suet blocks each winter... so far no chicken problems or customer complaints about eggs... thinking they maybe more concerned about parrots, cocketiels (sp?), etc.... I know those birds diets are much more limited.
     
  7. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Purina makes a product called "Flock Block" that's specifically for chickens & turkeys; it even has oyster shell & grit in it. It's a large, cube-shaped item. I put it inside a rubber or tin feed pan and put it in the coops during the cold parts of the year for something to peck at. Typically, for my coop that has between 12-14 birds in it, the block will last all winter long.

    See pic of it here: http://www.google.com/imgres?q=puri...44&tbnw=160&start=0&ndsp=8&ved=1t:429,r:2,s:0
     

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