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Favorite Treats

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by stasichick, Sep 23, 2014.

  1. stasichick

    stasichick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are some of your favorite treats to give your chickens? I gave them raspberries and broccoli the other day and they loved it! Ready to expand my treat game and wondering what some of your favorite treats are!

    ** Also, how old before you give them a cricket or two? I think it will be hilarious to watch them run after a cricket!!
     
  2. Peeps61

    Peeps61 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine will kill for dried meal worms. It doesn't matter where they are, if I come out and shake the bag, they come running! They will follow me across the yard and back to the coop area where I will feed them. My husband thinks it's hilarious to see them hopping all around me, trying to get the bag as we walk.
     
  3. stasichick

    stasichick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aw so cute! I will have to try that!!!
     
  4. Misn-1

    Misn-1 Out Of The Brooder

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    stasichick - So far I have only given them some crumbled up mealworms. And one evening I gave them a few tiny pieces of bread crust. But every other evening I mix some of their starter crumbles with a little water to make a 'mash'.....and they love it! I plan to get some lettuce and give them a little of that is weekend. Let us know what works for your girls.

    And I have heard about feeding them crickets...commonly referred to as "Cricket Football". One chicken will catch the cricket and take off running while the others try to catch her and steal her 'football' before she can eat it. Sounds cruel, but entertaining.

    Jeff
     
  5. Misn-1

    Misn-1 Out Of The Brooder

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    I help take care of my neighbor's chickens when he's working. I walk up to the barn and call them and hold the bag of mealworms up for them to see. When they see me with it, they will run to me. I sit down on one of the steps and they will surround me waiting for their 'turn'. Occasionally, one will try to 'jump line' and steal one before her turn. I can't get mad though. I've even got a few of them jumping for them. I'll hold it about a foot above them and they'll jump up and get it. I haven't been pecked yet.

    Jeff
     
  6. stasichick

    stasichick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How fun! (I know its slightly cruel but the bearded dragons eat the crickets and I seem to be okay with that) I will have to try making a mash! Can wait! :eek:)
     
  7. NC118

    NC118 Out Of The Brooder

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    Welcome NC
    My hens will eat just about anything. strangely some things others say their chickens like mine wont eat?

    Like:
    Grapes
    Watermelon
    Raisins
    scratch
    any kind of pasta. spaghetti, chef boyardee etc
    Since I don't have time in the morning to let them out I cut up kale and parsley so they can get some greens until I get home and they love it
    anything alive and moving. bugs,worms,crickets, small snakes and frogs they love

    dislikes:
    dried meal worms. they just show a lack of interest in them at all
    yogurt
    cherry tomatoes

    Was going to try a pumpkin this weekend and see if they like it. When I gave them watermelon they seemed to like the seeds better that the fruit though lol
     
  8. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

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    My chickens love: tomatoes, lettuce, rice, watermelon, strawberries, meal worms (absolute favorite), bananas, cucumbers, meat, bugs, and corn on the cob.

    The ducks love: tomatoes, lettuce, meal worms, and corn on the cob (much pickier than chickens)

    Edit: My chickens also love vanilla/plain yogurt. I tried strawberry banana thinking it logical since they like each of those foods...no such luck. They won't touch the stuff.
     
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  9. threescompany

    threescompany Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My young hens love grapes, sliced in half. They come running for grapes and enjoy shredding a few grape leaves too. They also like the little pumpkin half with ground up seeds I put in the run. They have not responded as well to the meal worms as I had thought they would but maybe it is an acquired taste![​IMG] Grape tomatoes disappear quickly as well.
     
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  10. Misn-1

    Misn-1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the excellent ideas for treats!

    stasichick and I both got our peeps on the same day, 9/5, so they are right at 3 weeks old now. I am amazed at how fast they are growing. Thanks again...

    Jeff
     

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