Confused on what to feed my chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Lorraine Perth, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. Lorraine Perth

    Lorraine Perth Out Of The Brooder

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    Hope you can help. I want to keep my chicken feeding as simple as possible. I have read a few threads and I am now confused as to what is best, but simple. I am new to this so any help appreciated. I live in Perth Western Australia so cold will never be an issue. I currently am feeding them laying pellets which they always have access to via an automatic feeder triggered by them standing on it, food scraps, mostly fruit and vegetables given almost every day and shell grit, ands thats it. Which is better laying pellets or crushed laying pellets? Do I need to add anything to their water? Finally what will keep their yolks nice and orange.
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Pellets waste less than crumbles, so it sounds like you are feeding them a perfect diet.

    I don't put anything in the water, personally. Some put apple cider vinegar but I have never tried it.

    They need granite grit if they aren't free ranging, but if they can find rocks in the soil for their gizzard then they are fine.
     
  3. Lorraine Perth

    Lorraine Perth Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, There are quite a few small limestone rocks in their pen would that be good enough replacement for the granite grit?
     
  4. chickencoop789

    chickencoop789 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I would say that is good enough. My hens just eat dirt and any small pebbles that they can find, so I don't feed them grit.
     
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2014
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Yes small sharp pebbles is what they need.
     
  6. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Sound's like you are doing a fine job of feeding your chickens [​IMG]
     

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