1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

feeding treats

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by tav1, Jan 3, 2015.

  1. tav1

    tav1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    267
    19
    101
    Nov 4, 2014
    ct.
    what time of day would you start feeding threats to your flock.?
    tried some left over stuff , green peppers( not to good) rice ,pasta (hardly touched it)
    and tried warm oatmeal and don't think they eat it. but lettuce ,bread so far is a big hit.
     
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

    13,769
    2,534
    416
    Jan 10, 2013
    Macon,GA
    Personally I don't offer treats until all have finished laying for the day. Except in the summer…when japanese beetles are in my garden, I catch them and dump them in the run any time of day.
     
  3. LacieLooWho

    LacieLooWho New Egg

    2
    0
    7
    Jan 3, 2015
    Louisiana
    I usually bring treats (leftover fruits and veg) in the morning when I feed, they usually eat more of it as opposed to leaving leftovers.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    32,642
    5,401
    556
    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    If your treats are junk food(no or little nutritional value) do not feed until later in the afternoon so they fill up on a good balanced feed first.

    Bread is not really great for them, unless it is truly a very whole grain bread...lettuce is not bad but no nutrition.
     
  5. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    My birds start everyday at 5:30am, food and water readily available.

    My morning visit isn't usually till around 7:30 - 8am, where they will get yesterdays biodegradable household wastes.

    Their run is my compost "pit".

    Deep litter, 14'x14', 8 - 24 inches deep, black gardeners gold.
     
  6. WNCcluck

    WNCcluck Chillin' With My Peeps

    184
    20
    80
    Aug 1, 2014
    Mountains of WNC
    Our girls get treats in the afternoon ... sometimes. They don't get treats every day, though they do get more treats in the winter. We try to stick with treats that have some nutritional value, too. One of the favorites is to hang a purple cabbage from a bungee. They love to play tetherball with it.
     
  7. tav1

    tav1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    267
    19
    101
    Nov 4, 2014
    ct.
    it's a ice box now in the north east . I could try and hang a few things but might have to bring it down come night
    time due to freezing. things they don't like are broccoli , cabbage leaves, carrots just seems like there on the hard side to peck
    out the food. lettuce ,bread pasta, basically a lot of soft stuff.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by