Emergency - oh crap I ran out of food - homemade feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by OScarlet, Feb 28, 2015.

  1. OScarlet

    OScarlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have the space to store extra bags and recently we have had a problem with pests eating chicken food at night. Actually it could be our black lab/BC cross who is eternally hungry.

    Yesterday we ran out of food and I couldn't get to the store.

    So I'm looking around my kitchen for things I can feed the chooks while I go to the store today to supplement their foraging in the garden (we are in So Cal so there is plenty of grass and worms around right now)

    They had cooked oatmeal with an egg stirred in, melon seeds, squishy strawberries, chia seeds and chopped cucumber ends. They seemed pretty happy with it and I'm not going to stress about what they eat for one day. If I had thought about it I could have run to the store and bought wheat berries to soak and ferment. I have live sauerkraut in the fridge.

    Any good tips on what to feed your ladies if you run out of food?

    Wondering how far out of balance my food was.
     
  2. crazyfeathers

    crazyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens get any leftovers, some bread, vegetables, meal worms, rice, you name it , they eat it. Never had any I'll effects. Lol I don't have leftover meal worms lol. I have thrown a deer carcass in their run and they will pick it clean. Chickens are excellent feathers and will eat about anything.
     
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  4. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    I have fed mine corn bread, boiled eggs, slices of bread, popcorn (popped or not popped). In a pinch, I have fed them dog food soaked with water until soft. Do you have any other livestock?
     
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  5. Naser

    Naser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For future, try to get a high capacity feeder. some of them will prevent animals eating your feed. "treadle feeder and trigger happy chicken feeder"
    For now wild birds feed and most human food is suitable for chickens, if you love them cook some past or rice with mince yummy
     
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  6. OScarlet

    OScarlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a treadle feeder, that is what is being eaten from. We have also tried hanging bucket feeders and a bunch of other stuff. Part of it is our dog is extremely smart and will get to anything plus racoons, possums etc.
     
  7. Naser

    Naser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    God bless your dog, will eat chickens feed and won't even protect it.
     
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  8. OScarlet

    OScarlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Crisis over, got to feedstore and bought food and peanuts. DH wanted to wait until tomorrow I said he was welcome to if he wanted to wake up from his afternoon nap with the beak of a hungry chicken between his eyes!
     
  9. Lol, Glad you got some food for them! I haven't had a dog eat our chicken food before, it is manly the chickens that they want. [​IMG]
     

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