Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Darin115, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. Darin115

    Darin115 Songster

    Apr 28, 2008
    Asheboro, NC
    My beloved wife brings home a large bag of carrots last night. Her kids at school had them for snack but did not eat them all. There are the little carrots about 2-3 inches long that have been cut and shaved. They are just small carrots about the size of my pinky finger.

    Can the chickens eat them? I was not sure it they could break pieces off by pecking them so I boiled them until they were about 1/2 soft.

    Did I waste my time by boiling them?

  2. flock-mama

    flock-mama Songster

    May 30, 2008
    Bayfield colorado
    My chickens don't like carrots too much, cooked carrots they will eat. But its not their favorite treat. I do think any treats I give my chickens, what they don't eat the deer, rabbits, and squirrels will. [​IMG]
  3. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    I find that my chickens prefer carrot peelings to lots of other food. I nuke them for a minute in a plastic bag, allow to cool, and out they go.

    Carrots are on the "Treats Chart" so I think the issue of their suitability as a "treat" has been throughly "digested" here on the forum [​IMG].

    My only concern is that they are less than 1% protein so it is fairly easy to short the birds on that necessary nutrient if they eat too many carrots.

  4. bluebirdfarm

    bluebirdfarm Songster

    hi , not sure about carrrots , but they do like baby snakes !!! i found two today anf "fed" them to the 6 week old brown eggers that i have waiting to be in their coop ( stll building it ) and they attacked them and quiclky made several meals out of them , i think they just like to play with them , too. LOL before that DH , said i think the chickens are bored , so i had already givenm them some sdtrawberry treats and a cabbage head to play with !!!! thay had a fun day.
  5. banter

    banter Songster

    Mar 3, 2008
    Raymond Maine
    Carrots are good food for chickens-start out slow. Nuke them to soften them a bit or grate them.

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