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cookies anyone?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cglessner, Jan 12, 2015.

  1. cglessner

    cglessner In the Brooder

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    I have a huge box of left over christmas cookies. Is it ok to give my girls cookies?
     
  2. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Crowing

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    What's in them?
     
  3. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Crowing 5 Years

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    I don't give them any with chocolate but the regular sugar type, I'll give a few for a treat.
     
  4. BonRae67

    BonRae67 Songster

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    agreed
     
  5. taprock

    taprock Songster 7 Years

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    I did! But I made sure no one bird got too many. I threw them all over the yard and coop more for their entertainment than anything.
     
  6. cglessner

    cglessner In the Brooder

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    Thanks. I threw all the chocolate chip and peanut butter kisses away. They loved the oatmeal raisin. Ive never read anything about whether or not sugar is bad for chickens. Ill give them a few every day.
     
  7. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging 7 Years

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    Sugar isn't optimal nutrition for any animal, humans included.
    Just my opinion but someone please explain otherwise.
     
  8. NellysTribe

    NellysTribe In the Brooder

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    Like everyone else said, no to chocolate cookies or ones visibly coated in sugar. My girls love stale raisin cookies as a very occasional treat. I also like to give my girls low fat warm custard on cold days! They love it!
     
  9. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Sugars to a point and in small amounts are fine for the average backyard chicken.
    There are a number of studies that were and are being done on the use of sugars in livestock feeds and they show a positive outcome.

    Uses of sugars in a feed --

    • Increases the palatability of the feed.
    • Improves the dry matter digestibility

    • Reduces the dustiness of the feed
    • Inhibits the mold formation on the feed
    • Stops insect infestation on storage
    • Use as a binder for feed pelletisation
    • Increases energy density of the ration
    • Masks the less palatable ingredients.
    • Substitutes the grain in feed formula
    Enhances the lipogenesis in liver
    • Reduces the lipid oxidation
    • Sugar syrup is free of aflatoxin
    • Decreases the viscosity of digesta in gut
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  10. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I give stale sweet baked goods to my chickens (but nothing chocolate) too, in small quantities - nothing moldy of course. We don't really generate a lot of that sort of thing around here, so they don't get it often.
     

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