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do you feed your ducks and chickens kitchen scraps? what kind?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by suenotto, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. suenotto

    suenotto Out Of The Brooder

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    Do you feed your ducks and chickens any kitchen scraps like potato peels, carrot peels, apple peels etc.?
     
  2. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    My ducks get some scraps- but mostly they get fresh fruit and vegetables cut up daily just for them... ( yeah they are spoilt ) I dont give them potato peelings- but most other things from left overs go to them as well.
    Scraps from salad items - Lettuce , tomato, cucumber, beetroot, cabbage.
    Fruit - pretty much anything- apples, banana, mangoe, watermellon, manderines, peaches, plums.
    Vegetables- peas, beans, carrots, brocoli, cauliflower.

    left overs such as
    Cooked vegetables
    Rice
    pasta
    bread - only the crust ends of each loaf.
    Nothing with any meat or bones in it though.
     
  3. sianara

    sianara Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I give them most of our table scraps with the exception of raw celery, raw potato peels and onions. The first two are dangerous for them to have and I don't want their eggs to have an "oniony" taste. I will on occasion give the chickens meat/chicken scraps as long as it's cut up real small. I also only give them what I know they will eat completely in a few minutes. I don't want food scraps lying around attracting rats!
     
  4. pirtykitty

    pirtykitty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    onions are poisonous to chickens and ducks.. celery they will choke on.. ( except for the leafy part... ) also avacados are poisonous..

    they can have potato skins if cooked.. but sparingly..

    Mine get chopped up carrot scrapings, also chopped cucumber skins, tomtoes, grapes, strawberry tops, peas, ... I have also planted a fall garden and have mixed lettuces, collard greens, beets, turnip greens,arugula , carrots and green beans.. these are for us but I figured why not pick stuff that the ducks can have too.. cause when it freezes here there will be no grass for them till spring and buying the romaine, mixed organic lettuce etc. gets expensive.. even though I buy it 4 lb container at sams...
     
  5. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    I don't give mine table scraps. For snacks, I give them cracked corn (for winter), and I have a garden every year so they get fruits and veggies. I know alot of people do give the dinner scraps to chickens, but I feel that it's not healthy. These kinds of foods can cause fatty liver disease. (I even feed the cracked corn in moderation.)
     
  6. Break an Egg

    Break an Egg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine get leftovers like, "you didn't want that apple?" "then why did you take a bite out of it?" "It's been sitting on my counter all day, go give it to the chickens!"

    I also have given my chickens the carcass of our turkey after we carve all the meat off and let them pick off whatever is on the bones. [​IMG]
     
  7. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    I occasionally give vegetable and fruit scraps, but most goes in the compost heap at the other end of the property. No meat outside, ever. The reasoning behind it is simple- I don't want any missed bits on the ground attracting predators like rats, possums or raccoons.

    My pens are secure but I learned the hard way to never say completely secure. [​IMG]
     
  8. cheri222

    cheri222 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine get the scraps. Today was apple peel (the dogs got some too!) Everyone said pumpkin but they have had a baby pumpkin cut in half for about a week and have barely touched it. Ripe pears, blueberries, oatmeal and just about any green I can find they love. Someone at work sent them a can of cat food and they attacked it. But I wouldn't make the cat food a habit.
     
  9. shareverwonder

    shareverwonder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls get our dinner scraps. They have their own special bowl. When they see me walk out the door after dinner shaking their dish they come running. They love meat. I also give them a cup full of cracked corn every other day.
    [​IMG]

    Sometimes I'll let our favorite hen "momma chicken" into the kitchen. She will stand their patiently waiting for her treat.
     
  10. farmerlor

    farmerlor Chillin' With My Peeps

    My chickens get scraps regularly and homecooked meals occasionally. They love mashed potatoes and any kind of pasta. When it's cold out I'll get out the big stockpot and make them up a mess of oatmeal and eggs and serve it to them while it's still warm. They go nuts over that. I bake them flock blocks which will invariably have whatever leftover veggies are in the fridge added to it, I once even threw in some leftover sausage.
     

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