Chicken feeding on equine pine pellets

kjorgey

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Mar 24, 2020
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Today, I decided to clean out the top layer of my oak chips in my run and since the wood chip pile I have on hand has concerns of being infested with ticks. I topped off the run with equine pine pellets turned it in with some of the existing oak nuggets and it is a nice clean run area. After a morning of free ranging, the girls were let back in. I can't tell if they are just checking things out by pecking at the pellets or eating them. Anyone have experience with this? Will they eat them? If so, with it cause them any harm? They normally just feed on Purina crumbles and what they gather on foraging time. Thanks!
 

sourland

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I maintained pigeons on pine pellets for a while, and they did not eat them. Never used them on chickens, and use with pigeons was only for a short period of time as they broke down too rapidly.
 

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