Do you cut up veggies?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by K-Chick, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. K-Chick

    K-Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    NW In
    When giving tomatoes, kale or whatever, would you suggest to cut it up for them or just throw it in whole?
  2. Picky Chicky

    Picky Chicky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 22, 2008
    Holly Grove, VA
    I'm also curious if anyone offers the breaking up/cutting up courtesy for other items like bread, lettuce and various fruit?
  3. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    I typically just throw in whatever veggies I'm feeding, but I tend to feed my chickens my smaller veggies and my goats my bigger veggies.

    It depends on how much entertainment you want! [​IMG] If you don't cut up your kale, you will get one chicken picking up a leaf, and the rest chasing it madly around the yard. Then another chicken steals it, repeat.
  4. lalyswishytail

    lalyswishytail Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 13, 2009
    Chicago area
    I probably over-mother my girls, but yes, I cut things up like I would for a toddler. I also cut out off the tops of their strawberries, but after reading a post about it, I should learn to let go a little.
  5. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    I not only cut up cabbage leaves, broccoli stems, and carrot (well, you don't need to cut up these) peelings but . . . I nuke them! Carrot peelings are a favorite.

    My plan is for the hens to eat these things, not just scatter them around the coop. After they eat them, it would also be good if they are able to digest whatÂ’s been eaten.

    Of course, they get the coarsest stuff that would otherwise go in the compost. The tender parts are for the people [​IMG].

  6. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
    Mt Airy, NC
    OK...I confess to 'spoiling them' with cut-up stuff as well.'s more about wanting to see everyone get 2 or 3 pieces and not wanting a single hen to gorge on one large piece. [​IMG]

    Annndddd, I will give them whole heads of cabbage, lettuce, broccoli plants, etc if they need entertainment inside the coop due to harsh weather etc keeping them inside or in late Fall/Winter when there's not as much natural grass or other greens to forage.

    You should listen to Steve [​IMG] .....
    I also nuke root crops (turnip, carrots, parsnips, or anything harder to digest) - and snap beans get eaten up quicker if cooked. In the winter time I tend to soft them with a bit of steaming on top of the wood cookstove rather than nuking, since the stove is available then and that saves power.
  7. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    I only cut my stuff up because I have ducks. They don't have pointy sharp little beaks to tear stuff apart. Leftover greens, tops and ends of cabbage, wilted lettuce leaves, brown pieces of fruit I cut off...whirl it in the food processor with a chopping blade, and serve in a large dish of cold water. Duck soup!

    Last edited: Apr 13, 2009
  8. Beed

    Beed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2008
    Ft. Pierce, Florida
    I cut my stuff too. I have guinea pigs that get fed at same time and they are big time spoiled. I am now spoiling everybody. I get pecked on the legs if I don't hurry up. No respect!!! One thing though I can't get my girls to eat veggies like they should. Maybe if I nuke it. I will give it a try.

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