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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by zrkr, Dec 23, 2009.
Would it be okay to feed my chickens cooked rice?
Absolutely - they'll love it!
mine fight over it
I make a rice leftover stew every week for them! Whatever left overs I have I throw it in the processor then cook them up 1 lb of rice mix and walla-big fat healthy warm meal on these misserable winter mornings
At times it is good to put in a bit of minced garlic for their intestinal "upkeep".Mine get it in brown rice and love it!
I give mine rice and whole wheat cooked spagetti and flax seed. They love it. I also will sprinkle a bit of diatamacous earth (DE)in their pellets to help with parasites. I also sprinkle DE in their dust bath spots to help with any external bugs. It also goes in the straw for mites that can hide in the hollow peices.
They also love greens, carrots, black sunflowers, plain yogurt from Whole Foods they love and it is great for them and any other veggie leftovers. Add up to a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in their water is also very good for them. Google the benifits, it's a amazing.
I will also cook them some oatmeal every now and then and they seem to like it.
4 dogs and 4 city chickens
do they need grit to eat spagetti and rice? I have some cochin chicks that are on starter/grower and I cant find chick grit and the petsmart only carries hi calcium parakeet grit.
any other suggestions for grit for the birds that are between 4 and 8 weeks?
Mine LOVE rice. It is one of the first table scraps I gave them. Our family eats lots of rice. We buy it in 25lb bags. We usually make more than we are going to eat (sometimes we eat it all). The extra goes to the chickens.
hermiesbirdies - They absolutely need grit if you are feeding anything other than starter feed. I gave mine chick grit until they were 12 weeks old. Then I switched to #2 size grit. I bought the chick grit in 5 lb bag (I believe it was about $5.00 a bag). I used 2 bags for 18 chicks. I bought the #2 size grit in a 50 lb bag for less then $10.00. If I had known last year that I was going to raise chicks again this year I probably would have bought a 50 lb bag. I thought is would be several years until I raised more. Oops... I don't need this much, it would just be cheaper to buy it that way. I am going to check with the feed store that sells the 50 lb bags this spring to see if they have a 10 or 25 lb bag.
anyone near forsyth or yadkin county in NC know where I can pick up some chick grit?
Bear in mind that rice (especially WHITE rice) is a very low-protein and high carbohydrate food. I wouldn't give them too much of it as they will load up on that and not have a balanced diet. Same with bread. Keep these kinds of foods to less than 10% of daily intake--perhaps use it instead of scratch? (which is also high carb).