Cold weather treat suggestions....

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Hwlchickmama, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. Hwlchickmama

    Hwlchickmama Out Of The Brooder

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    I noticed my girls are trying to eat feathers (again[​IMG]) it is CRAZY cold here in nj any high protein suggestions?? Can only make so much cottage cheese n ground beef b4 I wana [​IMG]
     
  2. sjpicard

    sjpicard New Egg

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    I give mine a treat of dried meal worms. I bought them for bluebirds, but have had no luck in attracting them. At first my hens are pretty suspicious, but they love em!
     
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  3. Hwlchickmama

    Hwlchickmama Out Of The Brooder

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    OMG your girls didn't like them?!?!?!? We call them chicken crack my girls go NUTS for em they know where we keep the jar n they line up for em!!!! [​IMG]
     
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  4. Hwlchickmama

    Hwlchickmama Out Of The Brooder

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    Just gave then tuna mixed in cottage cheese... They loved it!!! Seems they will eat anything as long as its mixed in CC!!! [​IMG]
     
  5. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    It's not just the amount of protein but also the type of protein.
    If there eating the feathers it is most likely a lack of animal proteins. You could give them tuna fish, liver, bil-jac dog food (the frozen type), floating fish pellet, (like the fish chow they sell at TSC) or feed them a good game bird feed that has animal proteins in it.

    You may want to also dust them with a good poultry dust, they could have mites or lice.


    Chris
     
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  6. Hwlchickmama

    Hwlchickmama Out Of The Brooder

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    Dog food??? Some one told me noooo dog food b/c it has something in it that they shouldn't have but use cat food (which they refused to eat n attracted feral cats) n they have dust I was thinking the same thing so I've been checking and there's no evidence of bugs [​IMG]
     
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  7. Slongest

    Slongest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a mixed rooster thats close to a year old i tried catching a few weeks ago to cull and eventually eat him with others that i caught that day but hes an outcast he wont go into the barn with my other birds he wont sleep with the other chickens that sleep out with the cows i mean he literally stays in a huge fenced in area with my goats and 5 great pyrenees not a single other bird in there just him well i take dog food out twice a day once in the morning and again at night and he comes running to eat with them. i dont put chicken feed out for him i know for sure he doesnt come out of the pen and theres been a few times ive chased hime out but flies right back in but with that being said he doesnt eat anything but dog food and some grasses i suppose and hes perfectly fine.
     
  8. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    I also give mine some scrambled egg on occasion.
     
  9. applegal

    applegal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Barley and quinoa are very high in protein.
     
  10. Hwlchickmama

    Hwlchickmama Out Of The Brooder

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    Cooked or raw??
     

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