Chicken treats

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Southpaw81, Aug 31, 2014.

  1. Southpaw81

    Southpaw81 New Egg

    Aug 31, 2014
    we just picked up 5 hens yesterday and I'm completely new to this. I couldn't find a forum post with tips on snacks and treats for the chickens. Also plants that they might like?
  2. arkansas55

    arkansas55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2014
    hello and welcome,check out the new member information,i give our chicken's a chicken block we bought at tractor supply,also fresh corn on the cob,i know it's fattening but they love it,our's also love the fresh cut grass too,good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    It's really best to get them eating proper chicken feed before ruining their appetite with treats. Chickens are just like kids, too many treats and they turn up their beaks at what is nutritionally necessary for their health and egg production.

    Treats should not exceed more than 10% of their daily food intake. Just because they love corn,boss, bread, etc, doesn't mean they have great taste. Styrofoam is like popcorn to them but, I don't suggest adding it their treat list.
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. X2 on drumstick diva's advice. Keep the treats to less than 10% of their total diet. Commercial feeds are specially formulated to meat their dietary needs. Too many treats will make them fat and unhealthy. It's the equivalent of us eating potato chips and candy. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] I see Kelsie linked the treats chart for you. Just remember to feed treats in moderation!
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Congrats on your new flock! Yes, definitely keep the treats down to a dull roar. Especially with layers. Eggs are made of nearly all the building blocks of life and to produce an egg daily takes huge amounts of vitamin packed food. So make sure they are eating enough of their feed.

    If these birds are laying, make sure to have them on layer feed now and oyster shell on the side. If they were laying when you purchased them, they may stop laying for several weeks as they get used to their new home. Chickens don't like to be moved and it causes stress.

    Enjoy your new flock and welcome to ours!
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    You've been given good advice as to what to feed your hens above. Good luck with them! [​IMG]

    And if you have any other questions, feel free to ask! We're all here to help.
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    Good luck with your birds!
  10. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Treats should only take up 10% of their daily diet. You can feed them many plants. But these are ones to never feed them.
    zalea, philodendron, rhododendron, sweet pea, black nightshade, foxglove, oleander, castor bean, vetch, henbane, irises, lantana, St. john's wort, trumpets vine, morning glory, datura, clematis and honeysuckle.

    Other than that, you can pretty much feed them any plant.
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2014
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