Can I feed my chickens milk?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by LoriNSally, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. LoriNSally

    LoriNSally In the Brooder

    Mar 27, 2011
    Hi there, I have 11 laying hens, and I have a bit of pasteurized milk that is past its expiration date but does not smell bad. I was wondering if it is OK to give to my girls soaked into some crackers or something? They love yogurt, and I know they need the calcium.

  2. Animalian

    Animalian Songster

    Jun 18, 2011
    I give mine milk all the time. I often soak some oats or bread in it.

    They love it!
  3. harvobro

    harvobro In the Brooder

    Sep 27, 2011
    New Iberia, LA
    Yes! My girls love any kind of liquid dairy: yogurt, milk, whey. We make our own yogurt and cheese, and when we have a little leftover milk in a grandkid's glass, we save it for the hen's afternoon treat. They love it any way you want to present it to them. Yesterday, I only had a little whey left from cheese-making, so, to extend it, I mixed in a little of their organic feed (from Countryside), and they went for it same as always.

    They get really excited when they see me walking up with anything that looks like milk or yogurt. It's fun to be so welcomed by chickens!

  4. I'm going to try it... We have milk that is "on the verge" at least every other week.... I think I will soak some older oats in it too.. and mix it in with the scraps tomorrow.... I just want to be sure it is safe for them.. I have one that is molting now and 5 that are young.. Just laying now.. we will see what happens I suppose..
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Yes the old timers used to feed milk all the time to chickens. There are some that say that chickens really don't digest it well but I have fed milk powder that was getting a wee bit old for us and no problems (mixed into feed).

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