Cooked Pearl Barley

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kitaye, Dec 19, 2009.

  1. kitaye

    kitaye In the Brooder

    Jul 16, 2009
    South Lancaster
    Since winter has kicked in and we have snow covering the grass, I've been trying different treats for the girls. They turned their beaks up at cooked pumpkin and squash. They love cooked cabbage and tolerate cooked carrot. No raw foods though.

    Their all time favorite is cooked pearl barley. I had some left over from a meal and gave it to them. You would have thought They were starving the way they ate that stuff. Now if I go out with a bag, or the pot they all come running and demand their barley. If I don't have barley they fuss and fuss, picking ever so meagerly at what I did bring them. The only thing the seem to like more is slices of fresh bread.

    Spoiled Chickens!
  2. CountryMom

    CountryMom Songster

    Jun 21, 2008
    South Texas
    I give mine split peas. I don't cook them and just mix them into their normal feed. They seem to love them and pick them out right along with the scratch I mix in for the winter. Our winters though are not nearly as bad as most up North. We also planted rye grass seed and the yard and most of our pastures are green with it now. Looks so pretty. The chickens that free range love eating it also.
  3. kitaye

    kitaye In the Brooder

    Jul 16, 2009
    South Lancaster
    I think I'll try rye seed next fall. I know the snow will still cover it but maybe it will be green sooner than the regular grass in May.
  4. deanna&rich

    deanna&rich Songster

    Jun 2, 2009
    chimacum, WA
    Ours didn't like the cooked squash, but they loved the innards (the stringy part with the seeds!) Raw, of course...
  5. MaggieBischof

    MaggieBischof In the Brooder

    Oct 4, 2015
    Baton Rouge,LA USA
    Thanks for info. its in the low 20s here in La. right now and looking for nutrishous, energy providing and tasty treats for my 5 buff orpingtons.

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