Cantilope?????

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Dingleberry, May 16, 2010.

  1. Dingleberry

    Dingleberry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I gave my hens cantilope insides and corn for a treat and they 1st ate /fought to get the cantilope and then went after the corn. [​IMG] I assume Cantilope is ok for them?? [​IMG]
     
  2. AccioSarah

    AccioSarah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have some left over... and I've been I wondering the same thing...
    I guess I'll wait and see what other people say... [​IMG]
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Just like watermelon. They love it.
     
  4. Dingleberry

    Dingleberry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hens are still just as fine as they were before the fruit. I just wonder how much is too much for 5 hens???? They had it first 2 weeks ago with no ill effect
     
  5. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ours love any fruit, including melons. For best laying, keep it to 10-15% of their total feed for the day. Cantalope and other fruits are great treats to them, and are not bad for them. However, they also have no protein and will reduce laying if they eat a lot of it. And really...gorging on any one thing isn't good for any animal. Overindulging can cause digestive upset or the runs.
     
  6. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cantaloupe is a great treat for summer time, especially on hot days when you offer it cold out of the refrigerator (I wouldn't do this for very young chicks, though). We always give our hens the rinds with a little of the fruit left on it; they pick it clean.

    One of the things I love about chickens: they're thrifty and frugal and waste almost nothing (unlike parrots)!
     
  7. TinyLittleFarm

    TinyLittleFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine love it, especially the seeds. My kids eat a lot of cantaloupe, so I scoop out the seeds and give those to the chickens. They lose their minds over it.
     

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