dog food versus chicken food

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mjohnston, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. mjohnston

    mjohnston Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello¡¡

    Can anybody tell me:

    How long do chickens lay eggs?
    Why my chickens prefer dog food (dry) better than chicken food (almost grinded different seeds).

    Thank you all
     
  2. The Chickeneer

    The Chickeneer ~A Morning's Crow~

    Your chickens preffer dog food?!!? Why, I've never heard of such canabalism [​IMG] I wouldn't feed them dog food, and it will be either starving or chicken feed, they will probably eat the feed. And [​IMG] from California
     
  3. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Easy, because dog food is a treat, they really like treats. You'll find they like a ton of things more than their chicken food, and a varied diet is a way to provide mental stimulation as well as good nutrition. Nearly all fruits and vegetables are on the list of things chickens love, oatmeal both dry and cooked, lentils, yogurt or kefir, healthy dinner scraps, etc
     
  4. mjohnston

    mjohnston Out Of The Brooder

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    I think this will be the reason. When I let them free range on my backyard they would kick each other trying to get first to the dog bowl though their feeder is just refilled.

    Thanks from Spain.
     
  5. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Could be something that is in the dog food that isn't in the poultry feed that you are feeding.
    Does the poultry feed that you're feeding have animal protein in it?

    Chris
     
  6. BoltonChicken

    BoltonChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens will lay eggs as long as they live, but laying starts slowing down after two or so years, depending on the breed, etc.

    Keep the dog food away from the chickens. It is made with the nutritional requirements for dogs which is quite a bit different from chickens. Yep, I know they like it but you wouldn't just feed your kids peppermint candy because they like it better than peas.
     
  7. mjohnston

    mjohnston Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the info. I´ll try to keep dog food away from them
     

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