Do any of you know any yummy and nutritious snacks to feed my chickens that they will go crazy about

papileo

In the Brooder
5 Years
Oct 22, 2014
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Los Angeles, California
What food do you give to your chickens that make them go crazy for it?
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Oliver Douglas

Songster
Mar 25, 2015
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Anything that moves...worms, crickets, a nosy neighbor...well, not so much the neighbor....too stringy....any sweet fresh fruit, like strawberries, watermelon, especially on a hot day. Mine do not like squash...and I thought a corn tortilla was off their menu, until it got softened up in the rain...down the gullet it went. They will fight to the death...almost...if you throw in only ONE treat...then it's off to the races....funny to see the lone rooster being chased by THREE hens half his size when he grabs the best stuff for himself. Chivalry is dead in my tractor! Must have gotten a male chauvinist pig rooster. He's not going to get any action in that coop unless he changes his ways.
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Chicky Chris

In the Brooder
May 10, 2015
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Hi all, just a quick questions... Is it possible that i can overfeed my chickens..?
Please let me know... And i have heard that one can mix crushed Sun dried eggshells in their feed to boost calcium... Will this work...?
 

eviemethugh

Chirping
May 14, 2015
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Hi all, just a quick questions... Is it possible that i can overfeed my chickens..?
Please let me know... And i have heard that one can mix crushed Sun dried eggshells in their feed to boost calcium... Will this work...?


It is possible to feed too many snacks which would disrupt the nutrition your chickens receive from their usual ration. But generally, allowing free access to chicken feed is perfectly fine, they will only eat what they need. With the exception to the Cornish cross who will not stop eating.

Yes, you can feed egg shells to egg laying hens only. You can mix it with food or place it in a separate dish, they will take what they need. However, most layer feeds do include calcium.
 

papileo

In the Brooder
5 Years
Oct 22, 2014
88
2
48
Los Angeles, California
Anything that moves...worms, crickets, a nosy neighbor...well, not so much the neighbor....too stringy....any sweet fresh fruit, like strawberries, watermelon, especially on a hot day. Mine do not like squash...and I thought a corn tortilla was off their menu, until it got softened up in the rain...down the gullet it went. They will fight to the death...almost...if you throw in only ONE treat...then it's off to the races....funny to see the lone rooster being chased by THREE hens half his size when he grabs the best stuff for himself. Chivalry is dead in my tractor! Must have gotten a male chauvinist pig rooster. He's not going to get any action in that coop unless he changes his ways.
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Hahaha thank you very much ! I will consider adding fruits once in a while!
 

microchick

Enabler
6 Years
Dec 31, 2014
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It's not too nutritious but I just offered our flock some left over Rotini pasta, plain and it went over BIG time. Everyone grabbed a piece of pasta and suddenly 12 chickens were bouncing around like sugar buzzed toddlers.

On a healthier note, ours also love raisins, oatmeal, dry cereal like raisin bran, rice krispies and cheerios. Their number one favorite, however, is whole wheat bread. I have to count my fingers every time I offer them a slice. They remind me of feeding velociraptors on a Jurrasic park movie.
 

SkyWorld

Chirping
5 Years
Mar 5, 2014
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Blueberries, rose petals (go figure) cooked salmon skin with millet, cheep can of tuna, liver,
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Kale and since my family is gluten free the chickens love the rice pasta and GF bread.
 

Oliver Douglas

Songster
Mar 25, 2015
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Funny thing is, sometimes you introduce something new into the flock...and they ignore it...until one is brave enough to take a bite...then they all act as though that was their favorite dish. Seen it with yogurt....what the heck is this mess...until one took a bite and said yahoo
 

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